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Townes Van Zandt Biography:
After seeing Elvis Presley perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, Townes realized he could make a living just playing guitar. Later, he discovered the Blues and became obsessed with Texas Bluesmen. He also began consuming poetry by Emily Dickinson, Dylan Tomas, and Robert Frost.
In 1962, he enrolled as an Economics major at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During this time, he studied in detail the works of Lightnin' Hopkins, Hank Williams, and Bob Dylan.
After some time, he began playing out in local bars and coffeehouses. When Bob Dylan released "Times They Are A-Changin'," Van Zandt was inspired to start taking his craft as a songwriter more seriously. He became obsessed with his songwriting, and soon began opening for Doc Watson and Lightnin Hopkins.
Over the next thirty years, Townes continued to perform in intimate settings mostly throughout Texas. His main popularity came after he was gone, when songwriters across the country began discovering his classic, honest, muscle-and-bones original songs.