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Nashville: The Pilgrims of Guitar Town
     

Nashville: The Pilgrims of Guitar Town

by Robert Hicks
 

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Has any American city so evoked a singular image as Nashville? The steel-and-glass towers of Music Row, the down 'n' dirty honky tonks that fill The District, the hallowed red brick walls of Ryman's Auditorium. And yet, as any true Nashvillian knows, all that glitters is not rhinestone. In Nashville: The Pilgrims of Guitar Town, photographer Michel Arnaud and writer

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Has any American city so evoked a singular image as Nashville? The steel-and-glass towers of Music Row, the down 'n' dirty honky tonks that fill The District, the hallowed red brick walls of Ryman's Auditorium. And yet, as any true Nashvillian knows, all that glitters is not rhinestone. In Nashville: The Pilgrims of Guitar Town, photographer Michel Arnaud and writer Robert Hicks wander beyond the Grand Ole Opry to a place filled with high hopes, hard work, and, more than anything else, guitars. Likening the city to "Hollywood in the 1920s," Hicks-the consummate insider-introduced Arnaud-the wide-eyed observer-to residents famous and infamous, from struggling pickers still waiting to be discovered to local legends who bask in the spotlight. One way or another, they've all been seduced by the promise of Music City, USA. Hicks names Nashville "the Mecca of dreamers." His opening essay and selected profiles introduce readers to the congregation that calls the city home. Like pilgrims trekking to a shrine, the subjects of Arnaud's portraits have packed their prayers into a guitar case and pointed their thumbs toward, as the truckers call it, Guitar Town. Established stars Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson, fresh faces Nate Berret and Gretta Gains, surprising arrivals Peter Frampton and Bela Fleck-Michel Arnaud's gallery of musicians runs the gamut from bluegrass legends to alternative rockers. Some have seen their wishes come true, some never will, but this wonderful collection of captivating images proves that the journey itself is its own destination.

Michel Arnaud has chronicled the lives of the rich and famous around the world. For 25 years, his photographic portraits have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, House & Garden, and Martha Stewart Living. Robert Hicks, a music publisher at Universal Music / Nashville, is known for his work in developing the careers of both country artists and rock acts. An essayist on regional social history and material culture, Hicks is a passionate collector and a driving force in community preservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556709890
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

An avid collector and Civil War buff, Robert Hicks illuminates the era he finds so intriguing in his first novel, The Widow of the South. In our interview, he reflects on his affinity for another southern writer: "I claim little connection with Faulkner, other than the hold that the past had on him and has on me," he explains. "Like him, I remain optimistic about the future, despite the turmoil of the world."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Franklin, Tennessee
Date of Birth:
January 30, 1951
Place of Birth:
West Palm Beach, Forida
Website:
http://www.robert-hicks.com

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