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Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
The Making of a Masterpiece
Hardcover      ISBN: 0306813386
The legendary concert and the live album that came from it, now a part of the folklore of American music, is examined in depth, with an eye toward dispelling myths and placing the event in the larger context of both Cash's career and the music of the time. 60,000 first printing.
Songs of the Western Frontier
Songs of the Western Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 1562223100
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.
A Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book
A Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670821594
A collection of songs submitted to the "Department of Folk Songs" on the popular radio show "Prairie Home Companion" includes sea chanteys, lullabies, Native American ballads, parodies, and nonsense songs
South by Southwest: A Roadmap to Alternative Country
South by Southwest
A Roadmap to Alternative Country
Paperback      ISBN: 1860744613
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Thomas W Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870496735
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.
Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music
Country Music
70 Years of America's Favorite Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0062732447
A survey of country music history includes most important records, debut artists, and milestone events for each year
Kingston Trio on Record
Kingston Trio on Record
Paperback      ISBN: 0961459409
Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1957-1994
Willie Nelson
Lyrics 1957-1994
Hardcover      ISBN: 0312119178
Bringing together the songs from four decades of Willie Nelson's career, a collection filled with the poetry of country music includes such greats as "Crazy," "Funny How Time Slips Away," and songs from 1993's Across the Borderline.