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The origins of this resilient institution are an important and character-rich story that has never been told as completely or as winningly as in A Good-Natured Riot. . . . The book is the product of three decades of interviews with early Opry cast members and promises an entertaining read even for those not caught up in the country sound. Indeed, it's probably a more gratifying and insightful work on mass media, public relations and image-making than most of the flashy business titles flooding the bookstalls today.
--Wall Street Journal
In addition to being a superb researcher and a crackerjack storyteller, Wolfe has a gently persuasive writing style that conveys his immense warmth for the subject. . . . A Good-Natured Riot, like the radio show it celebrates, is vivid theater of the mind.
Wolfe is meticulous in his research and writing-a good match for the Country Music Foundation and Vanderbilt University Press in their efforts to produce sterling works on the history of country music.
Twenty-five years in the making, A Good-Natured Riot is comprehensive in its research. Wolfe has pinned down the dates and names of cast members as precisely as is possible, goes to some lengths to be specific about repertoire (both live and recorded), and knows this subject as well as anyone living.
Wolfe's book should help both country music's proponents and opponents realize that country is an important and substantial chunk of the music business, and that it has always involved both smarts and flair.