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Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

Posted: Jan 05, 2012

Charlie Louvin Autobiography: Satan Is Real

The late Charlie Louvin's new autobiography--Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers--is now available. This L.A.Times article provides a nice backdrop to the book.

In our 2007 interview I asked Mr. Louvin to explain the album cover for Satan Is Real, and he revealed these facts:

"We painted it up and Capitol Records sent a photographer Ken Veeder from Hollywood to take the pictures. So we took car tires and filled them full of kerosene—had it all ready, and it started sprinkling’ rain.

Well, this Ken Veeder got very nervous and didn’t want his camera to get any water on it. We’ll do this later, he said. We’ve got two weeks work in this already. If we can stand out here and play like we’re enjoying it you can go ahead and shoot that camera. So, he did. The rest of it is history. A couple years back somebody asked this rock and roll artist to choose the top 50 album covers of all time, and Satan Is Real came in fifth. I thought that was phenomenal. We just looked at that book today."

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