Ghost Riders In The Sky: The Life Of Stan Jones, The Singing Ranger
Ghost Riders in the Sky: The Life of Stan Jones, the Singing Ranger
Winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Arizona Biography!
In Death Valley National Monument, 1947, a handsome young park ranger idly plucks his guitar, writes a cowboy song, and strikes gold. This is the true story of Stan Jones, now told in full for the first time. His great song "Ghost Riders in the Sky," continues to have a life of its own, performed all around the world in ever-changing musical modes, still casting an eerie spell over listeners today.
...Jones liked to tell a tall tale about himself and his songs, once in a while, so the author faced a big challenge in separating the myths from the true stories. But he has done an outstanding job! And sometimes, the truth has turned out to be more interesting than the tall tales!... And his research on Stan's personality is very revealing, e.g. his relationship with John Ford (for whose movies Jones wrote numerous songs), who his friends were before and after he became involved with Hollywood, how his personality made it hard for him to become a good actor, etc. The...