This 294-page book focuses on the music, and the man. From humble beginnings in California, to becoming one of the most well-recognized names in country music, Merle Haggard: The Running Kind explores the fascinating contradictions most of all, the desire for freedom in the face of limits set by the world or self-imposed that define not only Haggard’s music and public persona but the very heart of American culture.
Merle Haggard: The Running Kind is available from the University of Texas Press, Amazon, and all major online book retailers.
Saving Country Music is also giving a copy away to anyone who wishes to leave a comment below, naming either their favorite Merle Haggard album or song. And if you can’t pick just one, list as many as you want. Just make sure to include your real email address so we can contact you if you are the winner.
***UPDATE: Congratulations to David Smith who won the free copy! Thanks everyone else for contributing!