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Deford Bailey: A Black Star in Early Country Music
Deford Bailey
A Black Star in Early Country Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0870497928
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870496735
If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition
If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me
The African American Sacred Song Tradition
Paperback      ISBN: 0803289839
Examines different genres of African American sacred music of the twentieth century, emphasizing the role migration of blacks in the United States played in nurturing and spreading the evolution of gospel music.
Songs of the Western Frontier
Songs of the Western Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 1562223100
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.
Kingston Trio on Record
Kingston Trio on Record
Paperback      ISBN: 0961459409
Cash: The Autobiography
Cash
The Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 0060727535
The country singer looks back over his life from his childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm, to his battle with drugs, to his myriad musical successes.
Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional Bluegrass Music
Traveling the High Way Home
Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional Bluegrass Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 0252020243
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades : A Biography
Bob Dylan
Behind the Shades : A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0671791559
Chronicles the life and thirty-year music career of Bob Dylan, from his early protest songs through his near-fatal motorcycle accident, his divorce, and his religious conversion, to his recent rock comeback
Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History
Rural Roots of Bluegrass
Songs, Stories & History
Paperback      ISBN: 1883206405