Martin Wimmer is the leading German expert on Texan songwriters. His newest book with essays on music (Martin Wimmer: Hankfurt, 2019) covers topics such as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Bob Dylan, the 30A Songwriter Festival, and the album Wanted! The Outlaws. Martin also wrote the world’s first yoga musical (OM. The Musical), a novel and numerous song lyrics for artists including Mr Jones and Markus Rill. He also wrote for magazines such as Roadtracks and Faust Kultur.
This is the official website of the book:
Martin Wimmer: Ich bin der neue Hilmar und trauriger als Townes
(I’m the new Hilmar and sadder than Townes)
This book from 2016 covers the Heartworn Highways scene of the 70ies including Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and up to current artists such as Hayes Carll or Sunny Sweeney.
If you like Texan artists such as Kinky Friedman or Terence Malick, Lucinda Williams or Joe Lansdale, Robert Rauschenberg or Larry McMurtry this is your book. It also includes longer essays on the Kerrville Folk Festival and Luckenbach, touching on all kinds of Country and Americana Music, especially Cajun and Zydeco. There’s even a glowing review of Johnny Mercer.
A good written introduction for starters. An unbelievable source for insiders. Wimmer reveals how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe influenced the US songwriters and how Blues, Folk, Country and TexMex from the Lone Star State live on in German culture.
January 1st, 2017 was the day of the 20th anniversary of Townes Van Zandt’s death. This is the perfect book for any fan speaking German to be flabbergasted. Check also Townes Van Zandt Facebook Tribute Page
Available as book or Kindle edition. Buy at Amazon.com Published August 2016 by renowned publishing house Weissbooks Verlag, 280 pages.