Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music

Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music

by Bob Allen, Jack Clements
     
 
Country is old. Country is new. Country is us. Now The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music explores the most durable of genres, following its development through the twentieth century and up to today. Chapters trace the history of country chronologically, from early hillbilly music (Roy Acuff & The Carter Family), "singing cowboys"

Overview

Country is old. Country is new. Country is us. Now The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music explores the most durable of genres, following its development through the twentieth century and up to today. Chapters trace the history of country chronologically, from early hillbilly music (Roy Acuff & The Carter Family), "singing cowboys" (Gene Autry & Roy Rogers), bluegrass (Bill Monroe & the Stanley Brothers), honky tonk (Hank Williams & Ernest Tubb), rockabilly (Carl Perkins & Jerry Lee Lewis), and Nashville (Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline), to country rock (the Byrds & the Eagles), outlaws (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard), mainstream country and pop crossovers (Tammy Wynette & Dolly Parton), and the neo-traditionalists (Garth Brooks & Emmylou Harris), as well as the more recent "alternative country" (Lucinda Williams & Gillian Welch), and the bluegrass revival (Alison Krauss & Bela Fleck). From the earliest days of country to the latest artists, The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music tells the story of a great American genre in words and pictures.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Editor Byworth (Giants of Country Music) opts for a chronological arrangement in this resource on the enduring quality of country music since its early hillbilly days and the network of influences that contributed to its development. Each chapter covers an era or movement, with a brief introduction and a discussion of significant institutions and events, e.g., the Grand Ole Opry and the Bristol Sessions. Biographical entries on key artists and composers of the day, as well as brief entries covering additional noteworthy artists, follow, indicating key tracks and a short list of classic recordings. Readers will also find a scattering of other influential people, e.g., producers and managers. The personalities one would expect to encounter in a reference work of this type-e.g., Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, and Allison Krauss-are all here. The book also contains glossaries of terms and instruments. Where a comprehensive list of country music artists is arranged in alphabetical order, the inclusion of column headings would had been useful. The easy-to-miss section of short author biographies preceding the index is the only place where the authors are mentioned, and there is no indication of who wrote which section or entry. Bottom Line The greatest advantages to this work are its liberal use of illustrations and photographs and the cross references. The inclusion of a CD of key tracks would have been beneficial. As one of a few recently published reference books on country music and because of its overall quality, however, this is useful. It is better suited to public libraries that count country music fans among their patrons than to academic libraries looking for a more scholarlyreference resource.
—Sarah Sutton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823077816
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
10.65(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Allen has been a country music journalist, historian, and critic for the past twenty-five years. He is a contributing editor for Country Music magazine and has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. The author of George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, he lives in Eldersburg, Maryland.

Tony Byworth has been involved in country music for over 30 years. He edited the monthly magazine Country Music People for six years and was a contributing editor for Billboard, Music Week, and The Stage. In addition, he has written two books on country music and is the recipient of the Country Music Association’s prestigious Wesley Rose (Foreign Media Achievement) Award. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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