Are You Ready for the Country

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In 1969, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, American music changed for ever. Bob Dylan, the most daredevil spirit of the rock era, took the stage for the first time with Johnny Cash, country music superstar. This show at the temple of country music, The Grand Ole Opry, was the most public evidence of a collision of styles which first occurred in the mid-1950s and has sent shockwaves through American music ever since. Country Rock, as played by the Byrds, the Eagles and Gram Parsons, was to become the dominant style in American music during the 1970s. In this work, Peter Doggett introduces us to all the main personalities - from pioneers like Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, through icons such as the brilliant but self-destructive Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash, to superstars like Neil Young and Willie Nelson and modern artists such as Beck and Wilco. In doing so he traces the uneasy and often explosive relationship between country and rock, which has mirrored the cultural divide between North and South, between Yankee and Rebel. Rich, detailed and comprehensive,

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Peter Doggett was born in 1957. He has been writing about music for 20 years, has interviewed hundreds of rock and country stars in Britain and America and was the editor of Record Collector magazine from 1982 to 1999. Introduced to country by the late 60s recordings of Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons, he has become a passionate champion of all forms of the music, from bluegrass to alt.country.

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