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R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810930862

Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the trading card sets he created in the early-to-mid 1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exlcusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself.

Telling Stories, Writing Songs: An Album of Texas Songwriters
Telling Stories, Writing Songs
An Album of Texas Songwriters
Paperback      ISBN: 0292731361

Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett . . . the list of popular songwriters from Texas just goes on and on. In this collection of thirty-four interviews with these and other songwriters, Kathleen Hudson pursues the stories behind the songs, letting the singers' own words describe where their songs come from and how the diverse, eclectic cultures, landscapes, and musical traditions of Texas inspire the creative process. Conducted in dance halls, dressing rooms, parking lots, clubs-wherever the musicians could take time to tell their stories-the interviews are refreshingly spontaneous and vivid. Hudson draws out the songwriters on such topics as the sources of their songs, the influence of other musicians on their work, the progress of their careers, and the nature of Texas music. Many common threads emerge from these stories, while the uniqueness of each songwriter becomes equally apparent. To round out the collection, Hudson interviews Larry McMurtry and Darrell Royal for their perspectives as longtime friends and fans of Texas musicians. She also includes a brief biography and discography of each songwriter.

American Roots Music
American Roots Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810914328

The companion volume to the four-part prime-time PBS series, American Roots Music digs down deep, past today's pop and rock, to uncover the blues, gospel, folk, country & western, and other traditional genres at the heart of the nation's musical heritage. Telling the compelling tales of the pioneers, entrepreneurs, and artists who brought it to the world stage, it profiles the Singing Brakeman Jimmie Rodgers, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, pardoned convict Lead Belly, Dust Bowl poet laureate Woody Guthrie, electric blues pioneer Muddy Waters, honky-tonker Hank Williams, protester Pete Seeger, and blues-guitar legend B. B. King, among hundreds of colorful personalities.

Including incisive essays, informative sidebars, and firstperson narratives from key artists, this book presents both personal and historical perspectives. Portraits, performance shots, and ephemera such as sheet music and record sleeves illustrate the authoritative text.

Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents
Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents
Paperback      ISBN: 0133232476

New edition of the text first published in 1965 (revised by Valerie Woodring Goertzeu). Presents the general characteristics of traditional music and its cultural context along with some of the methods used to study folk music. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader
Ring of Fire
The Johnny Cash Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0306812258

Johnny Cash is a living icon, one of the defining country musicians of the century and patriarch of a clan that rules as country royalty. He has also been a hard-living firebrand whose air of danger and rebellion made him godfather of the bad boys of today's rock and rap. He has garnered him an immense audience across generations, selling more than fifty million albums and winning ten Grammy awards. Ring of Fire is the first book to explore Cash's life and work through essays by some of the best music journalists -- Ralph Gleason, George Vecsey, Richard Goldstein, Alanna Nash, Nick Tosches, Jon Pareles, and Ben Ratliff. Whether dispatched in the heat of Cash's meteoric rise to fame in the '60s or looking back from the vantage point of his recent musical resurgence and phenomenal new albums, these writings reveal the complex soul of an American legend.

Songs of the Western Frontier
Songs of the Western Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 1562223100
Reading Country Music: Steel Guitars, Opry Stars, and Honky Tonk Bars
Reading Country Music
Steel Guitars, Opry Stars, and Honky Tonk Bars
Paperback      ISBN: 0822321688

With its steel guitars, Opry stars, and honky-tonk bars, country music is an American original. The most popular music in America today, it's also big business. Amazing, then, that country music has been so little studied by critics, given its predominance in American culture. Reading Country Music acknowledges the significance of country music as part of an authentic American heritage and turns a loving, critical eye toward understanding the sweep of this peculiarly American phenomenon.
Bringing together a wide range of scholars and critics from literature, communications, history, sociology, art, and music, this anthology looks at everything from the inner workings of the country music industry to the iconography of certain stars to the development of distinctive styles within the country music genre. Essays include a look at the shift from "hard-core" to "soft-shell" country music in recent years; Johnny Cash as lesbian icon; gender, class, and region in Dolly Parton's star image; and bluegrass's gothic tradition. Originally published as a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, this expanded book edition includes new articles on the spirituality of Willie Nelson, the legacy and tradition of stringed music, and the revival of Stephen Foster's blackface musical, among others.

Contributors. Mary A. Bufwack, Don Cusic, Curtis W. Ellison, Mark Fenster, Vivien Green Fryd, Teresa Goddu, T. Walter Herbert, Christine Kreyling, Michael Kurek, Amy Schrager Lang, Charmaine Lanham, Bill Malone, Christopher Metress, Jocelyn Neal, Teresa Ortega, Richard A. Peterson, Ronnie Pugh, John W. Rumble, David Sanjek, Cecelia Tichi, Pamela Wilson, Charles K. Wolfe

South by Southwest: A Roadmap to Alternative Country
South by Southwest
A Roadmap to Alternative Country
Paperback      ISBN: 1860744613

Alternative country is one of the fastest growing genres in contemporary music. Acclaimed music journalist (Uncut magazine) Nigel Williamson examines where it came from and where it's going and turns the spotlight on today's leading practitioners, from the beautiful haunting voice of Emmylou Harris to the rowdy, brash face of the future of this genre, Ryan Adams. Complete with interviews of those bands riding the crest of a populist wave (Lambchop, The Handsome Family and Ryan Adams), Kings of America charts the rise of each band, supported with a detailed discography.

Good Friends and Bad Enemies: Robert Winslow Gordon and the Study of American Folksong
Good Friends and Bad Enemies
Robert Winslow Gordon and the Study of American Folksong
Hardcover      ISBN: 0252012518
The Christmas Songbook: Easy Piano
The Christmas Songbook
Easy Piano
Paperback      ISBN: 0739047361

The Christmas Songbook is the perfect choice for a holiday sing-along. These 50 festive arrangements include lyrics, are easily playable and the keys are singable. Titles are: Angels We Have Heard on High * The Annual Animal Christmas Ball * Away in a Manger * Believe * A Big Red Christmas Bow * Christmas Auld Lang Syne * Christmas Mem'ries * The Christmas Waltz * The Coventry Carol * Deck the Hall * The First Noel * Frosty the Snowman * The Gift * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * Good King Wenceslas * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * Grown-Up Christmas List * Hark the Herald Angels Sing * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays * I Saw Three Ships * I'll Be Home for Christmas * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Jingle Bell Rock * Jingle Bells * Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow * The Little Drummer Boy * Mistletoe and Holly * Nuttin' for Christmas * O Christmas Tree * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come, O Come, Emmanuel * O Holy Night * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Ol' Kris Kringle * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Sending You a Little Christmas * Silent Night * Sleigh Ride * There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas * These Are the Special Times * Thirty-Two Feet and Eight Little Tails * Toyland * The Twelve Days of Christmas * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings of Orient Are * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) * Winter Wonderland * You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. 144 pages.