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Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story
Only the Lonely
The Roy Orbison Story
Paperback      ISBN: 1860742416

One of the most moving, tragic and absorbing music biographies ever published, this story of Roy Orbison ''s life has been published to mark the 10th anniversary of h is death. '

Easy Folk Songs for Kids
Easy Folk Songs for Kids
Paperback      ISBN: 1929395574

A wonderful collection of 20 popular, beautiful and fun-to-play songs for beginning to intermediate guitar students. The melody, an easy strumming pattern, chord diagrams and complete lyrics are provided with each song, so students can choose to either pl

Songs of the Western Frontier
Songs of the Western Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 1562223100
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
High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music
High Lonesome
The American Culture of Country Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807821349

What does the 'country' in country music mean? Most interpret country as a regional or folk music that belongs to people in the hills and in honky-tonks, but Cecelia Tichi argues that it is in fact a national music form, one that belongs to all Americans. In High Lonesome, she shows that country music is strongly linked to our nation's literature and art. Country music, Tichi argues, explores the same themes that have intrigued this country's premier writers and artists over three centuries: the American road, the meaning of home, class struggle, spiritual travail, and the persistent loneliness of the American character. These are obsessions that country music artists like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, and Emmylou Harris share with artists not thought of as 'pop'--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O'Keefe. Generously illustrated with photographs of country music artists and images of American art, High Lonesome uses interviews and biographical profiles to provide an insider's look at the schooling, customs, demands, and discipline of country music--an art form that Tichi maintains is emphatically part of mainstream American culture. from the book When the poetry of Walt Whitman links up with the country music of Hank Williams, when Dolly Parton and Ralph Waldo Emerson pair up and Mark Twain and Emmylou Harris are found to have a common ground, and the vacationing traveler is also involved, then new ideas about cultural relations become possible. It is not a trivia question to ask, What does country music have in common with Thomas Jefferson, Walt Whitman, American painters Thomas Cole and Edward Hopper, and twentieth-century writers John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac? Songs and partial songs found on the High Lonesome CD * indicates partial songs Dolly Parton, 'My Tennessee Mountain Home' Barry and Holly Tashian, 'Home' Emmylou Harris, 'Hickory Wind'* Steve Earle, 'Guitar Town' Robin and Linda Williams, 'Rolling and Rambling' Merle Haggard, 'Ramblin' Fever' Emmylou Harris, 'Lonely Street'* Emmylou Harris, 'A River for Him'* Hank Williams, 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' Laurie Lewis, 'The Cowgirl's Song' Tex Ritter, 'High Noon' Dolly Parton, 'Wildflowers'* Eddy Arnold, 'Bouquet of Roses' Emmylou Harris, 'Roses in the Snow'* Emmylou Harris, 'Timberline'* Emmylou Harris, 'Red, Red Rose'* Emmylou Harris, 'Wayfaring Stranger'* Peter Rowan, 'Trail of Tears' Barry and Holly Tashian, 'Let Me See the Light' Kathy Chiavola, 'I Am a Pilgrim/We Are Pilgrims' Laurie Lewis, 'The Maple's Lament' Cody Kilby, 'Bill Cheatham' Rodney Crowell, 'Many a Long and Lonesome Highway'

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents
Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 0133229335
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.

Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians
Lost Highway
Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians
Paperback      ISBN: 0316332747

This masterful explorationof American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.

Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline
Patsy
The Life and Times of Patsy Cline
Paperback      ISBN: 0060922117
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