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Author: Ralph Stanley, Eddie Dean Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449843748
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In Man of Constant Sorrow, Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley opens up about his expansive career as an old-time musician. Stanley grew up in the Virginia mountains and first learned music from his banjo-playing mother. He interrupted his musical career to farm for a short time, but soon returned to music with his brother Carter. Later in his career, Stanley gained popularity after being featured in the hit motion picture soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The life chronicled in this autobiography is right out of Southern Gothic lit… The level of detail renders Stanley’s tales as captivating as his music.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “A delightful, outspoken surprise… An often tart yet affecting music memoir.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/14/2013

    " Read on my Kindle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/6/2013

    " Gotta love bluegrass, but if you do, a must read. Very skilfully told in his own words, without making the dialect sound awkward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 8/22/2012

    " Very interesting biography of a great musician filled with recollections of some of the great names in Bluegrass. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 7/27/2012

    " I plodded through the most of the story, thinking it would improve. Sadly, it didn't. When he told about feeding the caged bear Exlax and doing the same to a friends hunting dogs, just for fun, and seeing the animals suffer, it was more than I could handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 4/26/2012

    " Great book to read by the fireplace during a snow day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 10/2/2011

    " Great book for anyone interested in old time music, the music business, or growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 4/23/2011

    " Interesting book, particularly because of how Ralph Stanley reveals what a petty, jealous, SOB he can be. His vanity is as amazing as his music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 3/8/2011

    " Great book to read by the fireplace during a snow day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 1/12/2011

    " Gotta love bluegrass, but if you do, a must read. Very skilfully told in his own words, without making the dialect sound awkward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 11/21/2010

    " I plodded through the most of the story, thinking it would improve. Sadly, it didn't. When he told about feeding the caged bear Exlax and doing the same to a friends hunting dogs, just for fun, and seeing the animals suffer, it was more than I could handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 7/16/2010

    " Great book for anyone interested in old time music, the music business, or growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. "

About the Author

Ralph Stanley was born in 1927 in a corner of Virginia known as Big Spraddle Creek, a place where music echoed from the ridge tops, was belted out by workers in the fields, and resonated in the one-room country church where Ralph first found his voice.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.