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Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music
Charles Seeger
A Life in American Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 0822937131

The life of Charles Seeger (1886-1979) - composer, teacher, performer, beureaucrat, inventor, musicologist - spanned 92 years and touched many areas of American music. Almost every modern musician has been affected by some aspect of Seeger's life and work.

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

Mel Bay's Modern 5-String Banjo Method: Grade 1
Mel Bay's Modern 5-String Banjo Method
Grade 1
Paperback      ISBN: 0786677686
Mandolin Technique Studies, Volume 2
Mandolin Technique Studies, Volume 2
Paperback      ISBN: 0786673532

50 studies designed to improve right and left-hand technique for mandolin players of all levels and abilities. This book provides further practice material to build on the aspects of technique introduced in Mandolin Technique Studies, Vol. 1 (MB 20671 )-Sequences, Arpeggios, Shifting, the Fourth Finger, Triplets, Chromatics, and Crosspicking. A great book to have on your music stand for a ready source of practice material. The book is divided into four parts. Part One is devoted to sequences, Part Two further explores the aspects of technique from Mandolin Technique Studies, Vol. 1, Part Three is devoted to scale-based exercises and Part Four contains practice etudes based on all the previous exercises. The book also includes 3 studies adapted from Rudolphe Kreutzers 42 Studies For Violin. -50 Studies for improving right and left hand mandolin technique

My Husband, Jimmie Rodgers: Assault on Dignity
My Husband, Jimmie Rodgers
Assault on Dignity
Paperback      ISBN: 0915608162

Originally published in 1935, this affectionate biography was for decades the only detailed account of the life of the "Father of Country Music." The new edition includes photographs, index, and a new, critical introduction by award-winning Rodgers biographer Nolan Porterfield.

Distributed for the Country Music Foundation Press
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.

Sing It Pretty: A Memoir
Sing It Pretty
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0252075099

A leader in the development of state and federal programs supporting traditional arts and folk cultures, Bess Lomax Hawes grew up with her father John Lomax and brother Alan in the first family of American folk music. Her compelling account of the folk music boom of the mid-twentieth century and the development of "public-sector" folklore includes family friends Ruth Crawford Seeger and Carl Sandburg, fellow Almanac Singers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and other musicians and artists. Her own creative endeavors as producer of American folk culture films, author of academic papers and books, and coauthor of the Kingston Trio's hit "MTA Song" (adapted from a local political campaign jingle) unfold alongside her legacy of teaching guitar and American folk music to thousands of adults in Los Angeles. Whether teaching anthropology to college students, learning singing games from the Georgia Sea Island Singers, or directing the Folk and Traditional Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawes remains dedicated to preserving and appreciating the traditional cultures of America.

TEXAS STYLE FIDDLIN' WORKSHOP
TEXAS STYLE FIDDLIN' WORKSHOP
Paperback      ISBN: 0786677457
Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music
Country Music
70 Years of America's Favorite Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0062732447

This chronological history of country music spans eight decades, with a year-by-year breakdown of the significant events and important milestones. From Hank Williams and Patsy Cline to the newer sounds of Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks.

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.