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Focusing on the experiences of the women who performed barn dance radio, McCusker (history, Middle Tennessee State Univ.; coeditor, A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music) explores this historical, cultural, and commercial phenomenon by examining its connections to what made the period between the two World Wars unique in American culture. The combination of the rise of radio as a commercial and cultural concern, a mobile and urbanizing population, a national sense of economic and social dislocation, and a deliberate invocation of nostalgia made the women of barn dance radio into cultural icons. The words of Lulu Belle Wiseman, Lily May Ledford, Minnie Pearl, and others, including the DJs, managers, and agents who often shaped these women's images and careers, make this a biographical as well as a historical treatise. Although brief and narrow in focus, McCusker's work sheds a welcome light on a musical movement still in living memory for some but forgotten or never known by others. Suitable for music collections with an emphasis on country music or Americana.