Library JournalIn the latest in this series (e.g., The Blackwell Guide to Recorder Soul Music, LJ 6/1/93), Country Music magazine's Allen does an excellent job of establishing a core collection of country music for the novice buyer. As in earlier volumes, recordings are grouped into general subject categories (e.g., bluegrass) and subcategories (e.g., Texas's Cosmic Cowboys), each containing discographies, annotations for essential albums, and general biographical and/or historical essays. Allen covers the entire history of the genre, from Uncle Dave Macon to Kathy Mattea, taking care to offer balance without downplaying one style for another-although individual essay quality varies. Overall, an excellent acquisition for all popular music collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Tex.
BooknewsLooks at the key recordings in ten major types of country music, and selects a main library of 100 recordings that should form the core of any serious country collection. Lists and describes some 300 other albums, and discusses crossover artists. Covers the early years of the genre, honky-tonk, regional musics such as Cajun and Western swing, Western music, bluegrass, rockabilly, early country-pop, alternative country, and Irish country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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