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Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself

Written by: on 22nd July 2010 |
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A Life Story of a Country Singer Named Merle Haggard – You are once down and then you find yourself up only to mess it up again and then realized the real essence of life.

Perhaps that is the lesson we will see in Merle Haggard, whose life story, “Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself” airs as a new PBS documentary.

The documentary features interviews for those who know Merle Haggard including Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, John Fogerty, and Robert Duvall. It examined the ups and down of the country singer, his hard Bakersfield, California upbringing.

Merle Haggard lost his father when he was nine years old, become a juvenile delinquent, fought cancer and stand victorious in this battle and also made 38 Number One country classics. If that is not one hell of a life story then you tell me another one who has a story like this.

After being triumphant with his battle with lung cancer, Merle Haggard at age 73 returned to touring and promotion of his new album, “I Am What I Am.”

“It’s about how this guy is trying to accept himself and deal with everything that happened to him in his life when he was young,” says director Gandulf Hennig, who also directed 2004’s Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel.

Learning to Live With Myself debuts July 21 9 p.m. on PBS as part of the American Masters series. I hope you did catch that and for those who did not do search online and surely a video link will popup.

Merle Haggard’s story is something everyone should watch and learn from.

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