PBS Presents Merle Haggard Special
July 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM (PT)
The BOOT is reporting that the great MERLE HAGGARD will be the subject of a television special on PBS and NPT stations nationwide on WEDNESDAY, JULY 21st. The special, entitled “MERLE HAGGARD: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MYSELF,” is a documentary that “traces MERLE’s life story from his delinquent ways as a teenager to time spent in SAN QUENTIN PRISON, and on through his success as one of country music's most respected singer/songwriters and entertainers.
There are some great clips of a young MERLE before music became his life, as well as footage of him singing some of his best-known songs, including "Okie From Muskogee" and "Workin' Man Blues. "
The special also tells the story of how HAGGARD saw JOHNNY CASH perform at SAN QUENTIN on NEW YEAR’s DAY in 1959 and how to this day MERLE says, “It changed my life forever."
For more on the HAGGARD documentary, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters.