Still penning hit songs (along with numerous other activities) at age 78, veteran Georgia country music performer and songwriter Bill Anderson has somehow found time to write a new autobiography. Written in collaboration with music journalist and producer Peter Cooper, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music will be published September 1st by University of Georgia Press. Its 360 pages will include never-before-seen photos and personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.
“I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime,” notes Anderson. “I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though.”
Anderson has two previous memoirs to his credit – 1989’s Whisperin’ Bill: An Autobiography and 1994’s humorous look at the music business, I Hope You’re Living As High On the Hog As the Pig You Turned Out to Be.