Country and Folk Music
Featured Items
Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly: Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954
Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly
Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954
Paperback      ISBN: 0820326232
Lange examines the 1940s and early 1950s as the most crucial period in country music’s transformation from a rural, southern folk art form to a national phenomenon. He shows how country music and its audience became more sophisticated and how subgenres blended with one another and with American popular music.
San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills
San Antonio Rose
The Life and Music of Bob Wills
Paperback      ISBN: 025201362x
Lonesome Traveler: The Life of Lee Hays
Lonesome Traveler
The Life of Lee Hays
Paperback      ISBN: 0803297475
During the Great Depression, Lee Hays, the son of a Southern Methodist minister, used his music to life the hearts of sharecroppers and miners and union organizers. He helped bring black music to America's consciousness. He could make people laugh in times when there seemed little to laugh about. An Arkansas traveler and radical minstrel, he commented wryly on events and impaled reactionary southern congressmen on their own words. A kind of Mark Twain of the left, people said. But Lee Hays, for all his great size and talents and humor, was also a difficult man, plagued by self-doubts and a driving need to discombobulate any person or group that struck him as self-satisfied. Lonesome Traveler is the story of a prodigious talent with a zeal for changing the world. With Pete Seeger he formed the popular folksinging group the Weavers, which sang songs of social justice just as a tidal wave of red-hunting hit America. The rest of his legendary story will anger, touch, and delight.
Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People
Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People
Paperback      ISBN: 0825600413

"Sm4to, 368pgs. Spiral bound with pictorial paper covers. The foreword is written by John Steinbeck, notes on the songs by Woody Guthrie and music is transcribed and edited by Pete Seeger. Front cover has light wear to extremities and spiral perforations; rear cover additionally has mild rubbing and creasing. Interior is clean with faint toning.

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.
No Depression: An Introduction to Alternative Country Music. Whatever That Is.
No Depression
An Introduction to Alternative Country Music. Whatever That Is.
Paperback      ISBN: 1891847007
Provides an introduction to alternative country music
Telling Stories, Writing Songs: An Album of Texas Songwriters
Telling Stories, Writing Songs
An Album of Texas Songwriters
Paperback      ISBN: 0292731361
Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett...the list of popular songwriters from Texas just goes on and on. In this collection of thirty-four interviews with these and other songwriters, Kathleen Hudson pursues the stories behind the songs, letting the singers' own words describe where their songs come from and how the diverse, eclectic cultures, landscapes, and musical traditions of Texas inspire the creative process. Conducted in dance halls, dressing rooms, parking lots, clubs-wherever the musicians could take time to tell their stories-the interviews are refreshingly spontaneous and vivid. Hudson draws out the songwriters on such topics as the sources of their songs, the influence of other musicians on their work, the progress of their careers, and the nature of Texas music. Many common threads emerge from these stories, while the uniqueness of each songwriter becomes equally apparent. To round out the collection, Hudson interviews Larry McMurtry and Darrell Royal for their perspectives as longtime friends and fans of Texas musicians. She also includes a brief biography and discography of each songwriter.
Cajun Music and Zydeco
Cajun Music and Zydeco
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807117692
Presents portraits of Cajun and Zydeco musicians and their fans, as well as photographs of the clubs and dances where they perform
Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records
Making People's Music
Moe Asch and Folkways Records
Paperback      ISBN: 1560983701
In the Country of Country
In the Country of Country
Paperback      ISBN: 037570082x
A critical study of the performers, places, and experiences that have shaped country music traces the roots and history of this distinctively authentic American musical genre. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.