In The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song, writer Frank M. Young and artist David Lasky tell the story of the Carter Family, the first superstar group of country music, who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records between 1927 and 1944. This rich and compelling original graphic novel is not only a unique biography, but also a moving account that reveals the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the enduring power of music and love.
The Carter Family is the perfect marriage of mediums, from the beginning, country music, like comics, has struggled for respect, with neither being treated as proper music or literature until decades and generations later, when the individuality of the work could no longer be ignored. Each also shares the same goal: to tell stories, and to capture those stories honestly. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, the book is uniquely American, and comes together perfectly to evoke the look and feel of its era, and the sounds of its subject. The book also includes a bonus music CD of 11 rare Carter Family radio recordings.
About the Authors
Frank M. Young is a writer and editor who has contributed to newspapers and magazines across the country. Born in the Deep South, he now lives in Seattle, Washington.
David Lasky has written and illustrated a number of highly acclaimed comic books. Originally from Virginia, he now makes his home in Seattle, Washington.