Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis is a comprehensive and entertaining history of women as an integral, yet widely unrecognized, influence on the evolution of country music. After sketching how the form of today developed from the ballads and often violent love songs of the 17th century, anthropologist Bufwack and music reporter Oermann move to the American women who shaped this form and who will eventually, they contend, achieve full parity in what is probably the fastest growing segment of the music industry. The careers of hundreds of country music heroines are outlined, from the obscure to those who, like Reba McEntire and Lorrie Morgan, have attained superstar status. Of particular note are the scope and continuity of the material. Far from providing simply a series of vignettes, the authors present an extraordinarily well-written, powerful story of struggle and triumph. Photos. (Sept.)
Library JournalA unique collaboration between the director of Nashville's United Neighborhood Health Services (Bufwack) and the founder of the reference section at the Country Music Hall of Fame library (Oermann) has resulted in a magnificent document on women in country music. Beginning with mountain women and folk music in the 1890s and ending with present-day country music, the account is a thorough study of ordinary, working-class women and their music. The volume also functions as a social, political, and economic report that covers such topics as 19th-century showgirls, radio, protest songs, World War II, honky-tonks, Southern gospel music, rockabilly, bluegrass, and more. The text is well written, clearly organized, and accompanied by photographs (not seen). The book's extensive bibliography justifies purchase in and of itself. Highly recommended.-- Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex.
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