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The Oxford American book of great music writing

Author: Marc Smirnoff
Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Not only have a breathtaking array of musical giants come from the South - think Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Rodgers, to name just obvious examples - but so have a breathtaking array of American music genres. From blues to rock & roll to jazz to country to bluegrass - and areas in between - it all started in the American South. Since its debut in 1996, The Oxford American's more-or-less  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Smirnoff
ISBN: 9781557288875 1557288879 9781557289506 1557289506
OCLC Number: 229022906
Awards: Winner of IndieFab awards (Music) 2008
Description: xxii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Foreword / by Van Dyke Parks --
Introduction / by Marc Smirnoff --
Blues: Various artists: falling into place / by Peter Guralnick (2000) --
Leadbelly / by Robert Gordon (1999) --
Bessie Smith / by Carol Ann Fitzgerald (2005) --
Country: Jimmy Martin / by Tom Piazza (1996) --
Early history: Blind Tom Wiggins / by John Ryan Seawright (1998) --
Emmett Miller / by Nick Tosches (1996) --
Rock & roll/Pop: My morning jacket / by William Bowers (2003) --
Janis Joplin / by Cynthia Shearer (1996) --
Chris Bell / by John Jeremiah Sullivan (2003) --
Jim White / by Lee Durkee (2001) --
Jazz: Eartha Kitt / by Jack Hitt (2006) --
Henry "Red" Allen / by David Gates (2005) --
Folk/Bluegrass: Doc Watson / by William Gay (2000) --
Fred Neil / by Mike Powell (2007) --
Iris DeMent / by Kevin Brockmeier (2007) --
R & B/Soul: Ray Charles / by Roy Blount, Jr. (2005) --
Dusty Springfield / by Jerry Wexler (1999) --
Joe Tex (a short story) / by Michael Parker (2005) --
Ike Turner / by John Lewis (1999) --
Family: My mother's blues / by Sheryl St. Germain (2007) --
About a girl / by Wendy Brenner (2006) --
Rockabilly: Jerry Lee Lewis / by John Fergus Ryan (1995). Southern rock: The Allman Brothers / by John T. Edge (2000) --
Lynyrd Skynyrd / by Diane Roberts (2001) --
Lynyrd Skynyrd (a short story) / by Ron Rash (2006) --
Southern heavy metal: An ode / by Bret Anthony Johnston (2006) --
Blues: Dept. of R.L. Burnside: Authenticity be damned! / by Will Blythe (2003) --
Why I wear my mojo hand / by Robert Palmer (1996) --
Walking after midnight / by Sven Kirkerts (1998) --
Homage to a juke joint / by Beth Ann Fennelly (2006) --
Rock & roll II: Captain Beefheart / by Mark Richard (1998) --
The Sex Pistols / by Mark Binelli (1998) --
R & B: Dept. of Al Green: Raw and born again / by Jeff Sharlet (2005) --
Only his voice made us feel this way / by Susan Straight (2005) --
Dept. of Elvis: Bill Haney / by Tom Graves (1996) --
Rock & roll/Pop III: R.E.M. / by Elizabeth Wurtzel (1993) --
Bobbie Gentry / by Ron Carlson (1998) --
Randy Newman / by Anthony Walton (2000) --
1967 (a poem) / by Billy Collins (2005) --
Drivin' & cryin' / by Chris Bachelder (2006) --
Jazz II: King Pleasure / by Michael Perry (2003) --
Bob Dorough / by Paul Reyes (2007) --
Blues II: Hunting for old records: a true story / by R. Crumb (1996) --
Portrait of the artist as an aging Lightnin' Hopkins enthusiast / by Joe Sacco (2005). Rockabilly II: Carl Perkins (an interview) / by Joseph G. Tidwell III (1996) --
Dale Hawkins / by Lauren Wilcox (2005) --
Playing: Notes from the underground (Twang tour) / by Marty Stuart (1998) --
Lucinda Williams / as told to Marc Woodworth (1996) --
Guitar lessons / by Steve Yarbrough (1996) --
Classical/Avant-Garde: Moondog / by Daniel Alarcón (2005) --
A love set to music / by P. Revess (1996) --
At the young composer's concert (a poem) / by Donald Justice (2000) --
Playing II: The song of a sad café / by Don Asher (2000) --
Banjo / by Steve Martin (1999) --
The most human sound / by Rosanne Cash (1996) --
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Other Titles: Oxford American.
Responsibility: edited by Marc Smirnoff ; foreword by Van Dyke Parks.
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Features Tom Piazza who hangs out with irrepressible country musician Jimmy Martin in Nashville; Elizabeth Wurtzel who deconstructs the career of R E M; and, R Crumb who hunts for old blues records.  Read more...

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