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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
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
My Husband Jimmie Rogers
My Husband Jimmie Rogers
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
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.
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
Expanded edition of special SAQ issue on country music. Six new articles will be added by Jocelyn Neal on the structure of country, Cristine Kreyling on “Music Row” in Nashville, Walter Herbert on Willie Nelson and the interpretation of his m
Nashville: The Pilgrims of Guitar Town
Nashville
The Pilgrims of Guitar Town
Hardcover      ISBN: 1556709897
A surprising tour of one of America's most legendary cities looks back on nearly a century of musical dreams dashed and realized in Music City, U.S.A.a town famous for attracting sixstring troubadors of every kind.
Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997
Alan Lomax
Selected Writings, 1934-1997
Paperback      ISBN: 0415938554
Alan Lomax is a legendary figure in American folk music circles. Although he published many books, hundreds of recordings and dozens of films, his contributions to popular and academic journals have never been collected. This collection of writings, introduced by Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces these essential writings. Drawing on the Lomax Archives in New York, this book brings together articles from the 30s onwards. It is divided into four sections, each capturing a distinct period in the development of Lomax's life and career: the original years as a collector and promoter; the period from 1950-58 when Lomax was recording thorughout Europe; the folk music revival years; and finally his work in academia.
Jimmie Davis: More Than Sunshine
Jimmie Davis
More Than Sunshine
Paperback      ISBN: 1893693074
Lost Highway: Journeys & Arrivals of American Musicians
Lost Highway
Journeys & Arrivals of American Musicians
Paperback      ISBN: 0316332747
LOST HIGHWAY spotlights Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Merle Haggard, and others in a tribute to American country music, the blues, and their revolutionary offspring, rockabilly. "You put the book down feeling that its sweep is vast, that you have read of giants who walked among us".--Lester Bangs, LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER. 140 photos.
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870496735