A picture is still worth 1000 words and this graphic novel of the Carter Family sings a sweet harmony of images and information about the First Family of Country Music. Skillfully written in rural Virginia dialect by writer Frank Young and inserted into David Lasky’s full color illustrations, the author/illustrator duo has captured the down home simplicity of the Carter Family’s Depression Era struggles and rise to stardom. The 18 minute CD of 11 songs (chosen from hundreds made during their 17 year career) adds a musical third voice to this sweet harmony of medium and message for lovers of country music and American history.
“Don’t Forget This Song” points to a long list of widely known songs that originated with the Carter Family. “Keep on the Sunny Side of Life” gets added richness from the economic and personal hardships faced by A.P. Carter: no wonder it was carved on his gravestone depicted on the inside of the book’s back cover. “Hello Stranger” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes,” carries with it the painful story of Sarah’s estrangement and eventual divorce from AP Carter and marriage to another man. The extended Carter Family’s cousins and kin have continued the group’s music well beyond the book’s ending, as hinted in the “Burning Ring of Fire” on the inside cover which June Carter Cash’s husband Johnny made famous.
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is perfect for comic book lovers looking to learn a little music history and is a great graphic addition to ‘durn near any library collection.
Recommended by: Craig Seasholes, Librarian, Washington USA