Merle Haggard: Learning To Live With Myself
Filmfest 2010

He actually lived the rambling, gambling, love ‘em and leave ‘em, often brutal life that remains the bedrock of country music lyrics – he hopped his first freight train at the age of 10, became a chronic truant and drinker and was locked up some 17 times as a youngster. Serious criminal charges followed – car theft, bank robbery – Haggard was, literally, in the inmate audience in 1959, when Johnny Cash gave his New Year’s Day concert in San Quentin – and, as he’s said repeatedly, "my life changed forever". We followed Haggard on camera for the past two years – at home on the ranch and on tour at concerts. A kind of wandering troubadour, who’s led his band The Strangers since 1965, Haggard is known as a singer’s singer and a guitar player’s guitar player – his voice, his finger picking and his interpretations are like none others... The transformation of this former Nixon Poster Boy to outspoken critic of Bush-era America happens before our eyes. Gandulf Hennig

with: Merle Haggard, Robert Duvall, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards, Alison Krauss, Don Was, Billy Gibbons, John Fogerty, Tanya Tucker

tags: Documentary

Credits

Director: Gandulf Hennig