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The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music [NOOK Book]

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To its millions of fans, country music is America's music, offering a window into the sweet dreams and cruel disappointments of ordinary American lives. Now the renowned Country Music Foundation, custodian of Nashville's legendary Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has compiled a fascinating and infinitely useful guide to this beloved musical genre--The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Nearly 1,300 alphabetical entries put eight decades of country music at readers' fingertips, from the earliest '20s recordings ...
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The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music

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Overview

To its millions of fans, country music is America's music, offering a window into the sweet dreams and cruel disappointments of ordinary American lives. Now the renowned Country Music Foundation, custodian of Nashville's legendary Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has compiled a fascinating and infinitely useful guide to this beloved musical genre--The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Nearly 1,300 alphabetical entries put eight decades of country music at readers' fingertips, from the earliest '20s recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to the '90s chart-topping albums of LeAnn Rimes and Garth Brooks. A distinguished field of 137 contributors provides an eminently readable and reliable guide to the singers, songwriters, record companies, and industry movers and shakers who have made country music the increasingly popular--and profitable--juggernaut it is today. Hundreds of photographs, some never before published, accompany the text, including 75 color photographs from the CMF Library's record collection, surveying the history of the country music album cover. Twelve appendices provide lists of country's all-time best-selling albums, country music stations nationwide, all the country music awards won over the years, and much more. Authoritative, accessible, and unerringly accurate, The Encyclopedia of Country Music will delight fans. It is an essential reference for libraries, radio stations, and the entertainment industry.
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Edward Morris
. . . has been the most comprehensive and useful guide of its kind on the market. . . This book is a standard-setter. -- ForeWord Magazine
From the Publisher

"Truly a labor of love.... I hope you find that it brings you a little closer to the music you love and leads you down paths that bring more music into your life."--Emmylou Harris, from the Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199840441
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,149,893
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Paul Kingsbury is author of The Grand Ole Opry History of Country Music. A Deputy Director for the Country Music Foundation and an editor of Journal of Country Music, he lives in Nashville.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
The entries, A-Z 3
The look of country : the colorful history of country music costuming 125
The folk and popular roots of country music 188
The gospel truth : Christianity and country music 218
Extra! Read all about it! : the literature of country music 312
Country music as music 364
The center of Music City : Nashville's music row 385
The talking machine : how records shaped country music 465
It all began with a song : a brief history of country songwriting 522
The South and country music 529
From schoolhouses to arenas : a history of country music touring 556
App Country music's all-time best-selling albums 609
App The ASCAP most performed country song of the year awards 614
App Country's share of the U.S. recorded music market 615
App Full-time country radio stations in the U.S.A. 615
App BMI's most performed country song of the year awards 616
App Grand Ole Opry members and the dataes they joined the show's cast 616
App Country Music Hall of Fame members and their years of election 617
App Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 617
App Grammy Awards related to country music 618
App Country Music Association (CMA) Awards 623
App Academy of Country Music Awards 625
App Music City News/TNN Awards 629
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Foreword

Truly a labor of love. . .I hope you find that it brings you a little closer to the music and leads you down paths that bring more music into your life.
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