Country and Western Music
Johnny Cash at Folsom and San Quentin: Photographs by Jim Marshall
Johnny Cash at Folsom and San Quentin
Photographs by Jim Marshall
Hardcover      ISBN: 1909526568

A powerful portrait of a legendary musician by a legendary photographer

Carefully curated with full access to the Jim Marshall Archive, this powerful oversize volume offers the definitive view of Johnny Cash's prison concerts at Folsom in 1968 and San Quentin in 1969. Jim Marshall was the only official photographer present, and was granted unlimited access.

Backed by June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three, Cash performed two shows at Folsom. The resulting album was a hit in the United States, and reached number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart. Its popularity revitalized Cash's career and led to a follow-up album, At San Quentin, the following year. San Quentin became Cash's first album to hit number one on the pop charts and both it and its predecessor remain two of the biggest-selling live albums of all time.

From rehearsing with the band, to arriving off the bus outside the imposing prison walls, to shaking hands with prisoners and performing until sweat dripped down his forehead, Marshall captured the passion, authority and intimacy of Cash's legendary penitentiary performances. His "JC Flippin' the Bird at San Quentin Prison" has become one of the most iconic and most-copied photographs of the 20th century, a result of Marshall asking Cash to express what he thought about the prison authorities: "John, let's do a shot for the warden."

Johnny Cash was one of Jim Marshall's favorite subjects, something that is evident in his Folsom and San Quentin photographs. This body of work showcases some of the most arresting photographs of the country music star ever taken.

Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee
Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee
Paperback      ISBN: 1501321439

Every now and then, a song inspires a cultural conversation that ends up looking like a brawl. Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee, released in 1969, is a prime example of that important role of popular music. Okie immediately helped to frame an ongoing discussion about region and class, pride and politics, culture and counterculture. But the conversation around the song, useful as it was, drowned out the song itself, not to mention the other songs on the live album-named for Okie and performed in Muskogee-that Haggard has carefully chosen to frame what has turned out to be his most famous song. What are the internal clues for gleaning the intended meaning of Okie? What is the pay-off of the anti-fandom that Okie sparked (and continues to spark) in some quarters? How has the song come to be a shorthand for expressing all manner of anti-working class attitudes? What was Haggard's artistic path to that stage in Oklahoma, and how did he come to shape the industry so profoundly at the moment when urban country singers were playing a major role on the American social and political landscape?

Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost
Country Music Originals
The Legends and the Lost
Paperback      ISBN: 0199732663

Graced by more than 200 illustrations, many of them seldom seen and some never before published, this sparkling volume offers vivid portraits of the men and women who created country music, the artists whose lives and songs formed the rich tradition from which so many others have drawn inspiration. Included here are not only such major figures as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, and Gene Autry, who put country music on America's cultural map, but many fascinating lesser-known figures as well, such as Carson Robison, Otto Gray, Chris Bouchillon, Emry Arthur and dozens more, many of whose stories are told here for the first time. To map some of the winding, untraveled roads that connect today's music to its ancestors, Tony Russell draws upon new research and rare source material, such as contemporary newspaper reports and magazine articles, internet genealogy sites, and his own interviews with the musicians or their families. The result is a lively mix of colorful tales and anecdotes, priceless contemporary accounts of performances, illuminating social and historical context, and well-grounded critical judgment. The illustrations include artist photographs, record labels, song sheets, newspaper clippings, cartoons, and magazine covers, recreating the look and feel of the entire culture of country music. Each essay includes as well a playlist of recommended and currently available recordings for each artist. Finally, the paperback edition now features an extensive index.

Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk
Homeplace
A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk
Hardcover      ISBN: 0544932536
An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century

Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan first traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy: local honky-tonk owner and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting her on a course for fame that outlasted her tragically short life. What Lingan found was a town in the midst of an identity crisis.

As the U.S. economy and American culture have transformed in recent decades, the ground under centuries-old social codes has shifted, throwing old folkways into chaos. Homeplace teases apart the tangle of class, race, and family origin that still defines the town, and illuminates questions that now dominate our national conversation--about how we move into the future without pretending our past doesn't exist, about what we salvage and what we leave behind. Lingan writes in "penetrating, soulful ways about the intersection between place and personality, individual and collective, spirit and song."*

* Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
Johnny Cash FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Man in Black
Johnny Cash FAQ
All That's Left to Know about the Man in Black
Paperback      ISBN: 1480385409

Johnny Cash remains one of the most recognizable artists in the world. Starting in 1956, he released an album every year until his death in 2003. In addition to these albums, there were also some posthumous releases in the years after his death. From rockabilly to country, folk to comedy, gospel to classical, the prolific Cash touched them all. His hit singles crossed over from country to pop, as he transcended genres and became a superstar around the globe. Cash skyrocketed from the beginning, flying through the '60s until he was one of the country's biggest stars by the end of the decade. Following his own muse through the '70s, Cash slowly faded commercially until he nearly disappeared in the '80s. Instead of giving up, he made an incredible late-career run in the '90s that took him into the new millennium, along the way collaborating with various contemporary rock and pop artists. His offstage problems often overshadowed the music, and his addiction often takes center stage in the story, pushing the music off the page. But Johnny Cash FAQ celebrates the musical genius of Cash and takes a look at every album Cash released, the stories behind the hits, and how he sustained a fantastic nearly 50-year career.

Dance All Night: Those Other Southwestern Swing Bands, Past and Present
Dance All Night
Those Other Southwestern Swing Bands, Past and Present
Paperback      ISBN: 0896727378
Its strains may be haunting, but western swing is alive and on the upswing, enjoying a renaissance among musicians too young to recall or even comprehend its heyday. For them, the term may evoke the nationally known country music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and the Spade Cooley Band. Yet on the local level, western swing bands dominated the airways and dance halls in every town and rural setting throughout the Southwest in the 1930s and by the 1940s had spread their influence and music to California. Jean A. Boyd presents the history and music of those bands that did not garner national fame, but were local sensations to thousands of southwesterners hungry for diversion and good dancing during the depression and World War II. Devoted fans who travel the festival circuit will surely appreciate the histories and recollections Boyd has carefully compiled, while musicologists will welcome her musical analysis and her transcriptions of recorded performances. Performers, as well, may learn new licks and tricks from the ubiquitous swing jazz artists of a time not yet forgotten, preserved here for another generation's enjoyment and edification.
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684857634

The first major biography of the Carter family follows the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly established the sound and traditions that grew into folk, country, and bluegrass music--a style most recently popularized in the George Clooney hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? of photos.

Nashville Steeler: My Life in Country Music
Nashville Steeler
My Life in Country Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0764342797
Waiting for a Train: Jimmie Rodgers's America
Waiting for a Train
Jimmie Rodgers's America
Paperback      ISBN: 1579401236

In a brief and brilliant career that lasted barely seven years, Jimmie Rodgers reigned as one of America's first music superstars. From the summer of 1927, when he made his initial recordings with Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee, to May 1933, when, fighting tuberculosis, he cut his last records in New York City, Rodgers created a string of hits that define American music. Blending white country, black blues, Tin Pan Alley song, traditional ballads and his signature yodels, he captured the spirit and sound of his generation while heralding the musical styles and genres that would prevail long after his death,
This book grows from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's American Music Masters Series, which honored Rodgers in aweek of events focused on his life and legacy. With contributions from a range of scholars, critics, and musical artists, it offers new perspectives on Rodgers, his music, and his influence, bringing "America's Blue Yodeler" and his uniquely American gifts into fresh relief.

Deford Bailey: A Black Star in Early Country Music
Deford Bailey
A Black Star in Early Country Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0870497928