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Heartaches by the Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles
Heartaches by the Number
Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0826514243
A populist history of country music features interwoven essays about its origins, influences, artists, producers, and fans, and provides encyclopedic information about the top 500 recordings, complemented by reviews. Simultaneous.
South by Southwest: A Roadmap to Alternative Country
South by Southwest
A Roadmap to Alternative Country
Paperback      ISBN: 1860744613
Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly: Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954
Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly
Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954
Paperback      ISBN: 0820326232
Lange examines the 1940s and early 1950s as the most crucial period in country music’s transformation from a rural, southern folk art form to a national phenomenon. He shows how country music and its audience became more sophisticated and how subgenres blended with one another and with American popular music.
Sing Out, Warning!, Sing Out, Love: The Writings of Lee Hays
Sing Out, Warning!, Sing Out, Love
The Writings of Lee Hays
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558494235
Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture
Wrong's What I Do Best
Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0195169425
This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses on its low position in the American cultural hierarchy, comically singing of failures to live up to American standards of affluence, while mainstream country music focuses on nostalgia, romance, and patriotism of regular folk. With chapters on Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, and the Outlaw Movement, this book is written in a jargon-free, engaging style that will interest both academic as well as general readers.
Kingston Trio on Record
Kingston Trio on Record
Paperback      ISBN: 0961459409
Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters
Bossmen
Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters
Paperback      ISBN: 0306804271
Folk Songs of North America
Folk Songs of North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0385037724
Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California
Workin' Man Blues
Country Music in California
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520218000
California has been fertile ground for country music since the 1920s, nurturing a multitude of talents from Gene Autry to Glen Campbell, Rose Maddox to Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens to Merle Haggard. In this affectionate homage to California's place in country music's history, Gerald Haslam surveys the Golden State's contributions to what is today the most popular music in America. At the same time he illuminates the lives of the white, working-class men and women who migrated to California from the Dust Bowl, the Hoovervilles, and all the other locales where they had been turned out, shut down, or otherwise told to move on. Haslam's roots go back to Oildale, in California's central valley, where he first discovered the passion for country music that infuses Workin' Man Blues. As he traces the Hollywood singing cowboys, Bakersfield honky-tonks, western-swing dance halls, "hillbilly" radio shows, and crossover styles from blues and folk music that also have California roots, he shows how country music offered a kind of cultural comfort to its listeners, whether they were oil field roustabouts or hash slingers. Haslam analyzes the effects on country music of population shifts, wartime prosperity, the changes in gender roles, music industry economics, and television. He also challenges the assumption that Nashville has always been country music's hometown and Grand Ole Opry its principal venue. The soul of traditional country remains romantically rural, southern, and white, he says, but it is also the anthem of the underdog, which may explain why California plays so vital a part in its heritage: California is where people reinvent themselves, just as country music has reinvented itself since the first Dust Bowl migrants arrived, bringing their songs and heartaches with them. California has been fertile ground for country music since the 1920s, nurturing a multitude of talents from Gene Autry to Glen Campbell, Rose Maddox to Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens to Merle Haggard. In this affectionate homage to California's place in country music's history, Gerald Haslam surveys the Golden State's contributions to what is today the most popular music in America. At the same time he illuminates the lives of the white, working-class men and women who migrated to California from the Dust Bowl, the Hoovervilles, and all the other locales where they had been turned out, shut down, or otherwise told to move on. Haslam's roots go back to Oildale, in California's central valley, where he first discovered the passion for country music that infuses Workin' Man Blues. As he traces the Hollywood singing cowboys, Bakersfield honky-tonks, western-swing dance halls, "hillbilly" radio shows, and crossover styles from blues and folk music that also have California roots, he shows how country music offered a kind of cultural comfort to its listeners, whether they were oil field roustabouts or hash slingers. Haslam analyzes the effects on country music of population shifts, wartime prosperity, the changes in gender roles, music industry economics, and television. He also challenges the assumption that Nashville has always been country music's hometown and Grand Ole Opry its principal venue. The soul of traditional country remains romantically rural, southern, and white, he says, but it is also the anthem of the underdog, which may explain why California plays so vital a part in its heritage: California is where people reinvent themselves, just as country music has reinvented itself since the first Dust Bowl migrants arrived, bringing their songs and heartaches with them.
Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads
Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads
Paperback      ISBN: 0020612605
Gathers lyrics and music for hundreds of folksongs from the American frontier