Country Rock, as played by the Byrds, the Eagles, and The Flying Burrito Brothers, was the dominant style in American music during the 1970s. But the artistically fertile relationship between rock and country music has-since their first encounter in the 1950s-been uneasy and often explosive. Are You Ready for the Country traces their tumultuous history and introduces us to all the main personalities-from pioneers like Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, through icons such as Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash, to superstars like Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and today's artists such as Beck and Wilco. This is a must-have volume for any music lover.
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Peter Doggett has been writing about music for twenty years and has interviewed hundreds of rock and country musicians in Britain and America. He was editor of Record Collector magazine from 1982-1999.From Library Journal:
Doggett, a former editor of Record Collector magazine, offers an exhaustive examination of the interplay between country music and rock'n'roll. In the first section, he tackles the same topic as John Einarson's excellent Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock (LJ 3/1/01), dealing with country rock from its inception in the late 1960s to its full flowering several years later. He begins with Bob Dylan's infatuation with country, shows the critical impact of Gram Parsons on the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, charts the rise of the Band, Poco, and Linda Ronstadt, and ends with the Eagles as the commercial high-water mark of country rock. The author devotes a second section to the role of country in the birth of rock with the rockabillies, discussing Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bill Haley as well as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Country pop and alternative country rock are also discussed at length in a third section. Based upon dozens of interviews, this detailed but readable compendium will serve as a useful guide to anyone interested in the intersection of rock and country during the last 50 years. Recommended for all music fans. Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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