This chronological history of country music spans eight decades, with a year-by-year breakdown of the significant events and important milestones. From Hank Williams and Patsy Cline to the newer sounds of Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks. Beginning with decade glimpses into the twenties, thirties and early forties, before trade charts, this almanac also contains a year-by-year account of the major events in the world of country music from 1944 to 1992 - the top artists, top songs, award winners, debut artists, births, deaths and other significant events. The book features rare photographs, album covers, sheet music graphics, fan magazine covers and sidebars on topics ranging from "How Hank Williams Died" to "Heroes of Western Swing" and "Origins of the Pedal Steel Guitar". Bob Millard is the author of "Music City USA".
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Although--as submitted for review--it needs a tad bit o' fine tunin' (Johnny Horton highballs it to Hillbilly Heaven in 1956, the year of his debut, as well as in 1960, when most of us thought he did), basically this is an entirely acceptable and entertaining chronology of America's most durable form of commercial music. Each of its chapters includes a brief narrative text and lists of milestone events (mostly musicians' births and deaths) and important recordings made during the chapter's period. From 1950 on, when year-by-year coverage begins, a star who debuted that year is featured, while from 1958 on, award-winning performers and recordings are listed. Sidebars highlight significant organizations, events, and other performers. Millard bases his effort in sound scholarship and throws his net widely enough to include Elvis and the other rockabillies and such are-they-really-country? folks as Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, and John Denver. There are plenty of pictures, and although, sans index, the tome is not all that valuable for reference work, it's a nice fans' reference that few public libraries should pass up. Ray OlsonFrom Library Journal:
Following Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann's marvelous study, Finding Her Voice: Women in Country Music ( LJ 9/1/93), this work by a regular contributor to Country Music magazine compresses 70 years (1920-92) of country music facts into a handy reference tool. Beginning with a summary of the roots of country music (1848-1919), Millard culls pertinent and obscure information and organizes it into a compilation of industry milestones, important recordings, debut artists, and profiles of entertainers. A bit more detail about the entertainers would have been nice, but Millard acknowledges that his study only touches the surface of a huge topic. Whereas Bufwack and Oermann concentrate on women in country music and explore its social and political history, Millard spans the industry as a whole. Recommended for most libraries.
- Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0062732447
Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0062732447
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