Country and Folk Music
If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me
The African American Sacred Song Tradition
Paperback ISBN: 0803289839
Examines different genres of African American sacred music of the twentieth century, emphasizing the role migration of blacks in the United States played in nurturing and spreading the evolution of gospel music.
Prairie Nights to Neon Lights
The Story of Country Music in West Texas
Hardcover ISBN: 0896723496
Alan Munde and Joe Carr are best known as superb bluegrass musicians. In this book they demonstrate that they are also good historians, and that they understand the full range of styles generally associated with country music. And better than anyone else so far, they have described and explained the vital contributions made by West Texas musicians to the music of America and the world. Ever since the Amarillo fiddler Eck Robertson inaugurated country music's commercial history with his first recordings in 1922, West Texas musicians have played major innovative roles in the shaping and popularization of the nation's popular music forms. The Beatles emerged from the gritty industrial world of Liverpool, but their musical roots run directly to Buddy Holly and the Texas plains. People who have wondered how such remarkable music talent could emerge from the vast and seemingly empty landscape of West Texas need look no farther than this important and compelling book.
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
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.
Can't You Hear Me Callin
The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass
Hardcover ISBN: 0316803812
An in-depth portrait of the creator of bluegrass music chronicles his life and career, details his creation of the unique sound of American bluegrass music, and documents his seminal influence on American popular music in the twentieth century. 30,000 first printing.