I have decided to make my film Merle Haggard: Learning To Live With Myself available for free streaming on Youtube for a limited time for those of you who haven't seen it, or would like to see it again. Please share and spread the word.
I spent three years following Merle for this project and filmed him and his family on the road and at their home. We did a number of in-depth interviews with Merle and with his family for the film, and it wasn't always easy sailing. Besides Merle and his family we also interviewed Keith Richards, Robert Duvall, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and many other artists for the film. The film aired as part of the PBS/American Masters series in the US and on the BBC and German television in Europe but for a number of reasons it hasn't been available to the public for a while, and it is currently not available on DVD or home video.
I want to thank everybody again who worked so hard on this film with me, first and foremost my old production partner Alfred Holighaus back in Berlin, our editor Dava Whisenant, our cinematographers Roger Pistole and Matthew Dyer, our sound engineers Thomas Morrison, Matt Hamilton and Jeremy Mazza, and all the other great people who worked with us. Merle's publicist Tresa Redburn, his lawyer Anthony Kornarens and Merle's long-time road manager, Frank Mull were essential in the making of the film - I simply would not have been able to pull it off without their help and support.
Merle is gone, but his legacy will live on forever. My work on this film has defined my American experience like nothing else. It's time to make the film available for everybody now Gandulf Hennig