Country and Western Music
My Life and Other Unfinished Business
Hardcover ISBN: 0060177209
The successful country singer reveals her life since leaving home at the age of eighteen to pursue a singing career, while discussing her personal philosophies, her marriage, her friendships, and achievements. 1,000,000 first printing. $600,000 ad/promo. Tour.
Johnny Cash Faq
All That's Left to Know About the Man in Black
Paperback ISBN: 1480385409
(FAQ). 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
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.
A Southern Town, A Country Legend, and The Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk
Hardcover ISBN: 0544932536
Presents an intimate account of country music, social change and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the 21st century. 25,000 first printing.
Through the Years
Paperback ISBN: 0915608235
(Book). Kenny Rogers: Through the Years is a 96-page, full-color book printed on the occasion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibition celebrating the life and career of one of country music's most enduring stars. The book is full of never-before seen photographs, personal memorabilia, treasured artifacts, and more from his iconic career. It represents a comprehensive look at the singer who owns twenty-one #1 hits, and who has charted in country, pop, rock and R&B a unique impact that has stretched across six decades. Compiled by the staff at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the book is a must-have for any serious Kenny Rogers fan, or any fan of country music.
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?
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Musings from the Road
Paperback ISBN: 0062293311
In 1971 Nashville, Willie Nelson, after a life-changing experience, decides to do things his own way, reinventing himself and resurrecting his career, in this wonderful holiday tale that recounts Willie's colorful adventures and is told in his unique voice. 125,000 first printing.