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Country music USA

Bill C. Malone (Author), Tracey E. W. Laird (Author)
Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone's Country Music USA has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music's folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio into the twenty-first century. In this fiftieth-anniversary edition, Malone, the featured historian in Ken Burns's 2019 documentary on country music, has revised every chapter to offer new information and fresh insights. Coauthor Tracey Laird tracks developments in country music in the new millennium, exploring the relationship between the current music scene and the traditions from which it emerged
Print Book, English, 2018
50th anniversary edition View all formats and editions
University of Texas Press, Austin, 2018
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xviii, 748 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781477315347, 9781477315354, 1477315349, 1477315357
Foreword by Henry Sapoznik
1. The folk background before commercialism
2. The early period of commercial hillbilly music
3. The first country singing star: Jimmie Rodgers
4. Country music during the depression
5. The cowboy image and the growth of Western music
6. The war years: The national expansion of country music
7. The boom period: The emergence of a big business, 1946-1953
8. The development of country-pop music and the Nashville sound
9. The reinvigoration of modern country music, 1960-1972
10. Bluegrass
11. Country music, 1972-1984
12. Tradition and change: Country music, 1985-2000
13. A new century
Bibliographical essays
Index of song titles