Playin' around; The Lives and Careers of Famous Session Musicians

Playin' around; The Lives and Careers of Famous Session Musicians

by Jennifer Ember Pierce
     
 

For those people who have always wondered about the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of the music industry and about those who make the music and how the music is actually made, Jennifer Ember Pierce fills out a fascinating picture in Playin' Around: The Lives and Careers of the Greatest Session Musicians. Pierce draws upon the personal history of twelve of Nashville

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For those people who have always wondered about the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of the music industry and about those who make the music and how the music is actually made, Jennifer Ember Pierce fills out a fascinating picture in Playin' Around: The Lives and Careers of the Greatest Session Musicians. Pierce draws upon the personal history of twelve of Nashville's greatest session musicians to give a unique perspective on the country music industry and the stars that it has made. Accounts are drawn from some of the best known session musicians: Harold Bradley, Reggie Young, Bobby Wood, Buddy Harman and more, musicians who have worked with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Presley. Playin' Around includes photographs, biographical sketches and credits. Within these musicians' stories are the hidden roots and real details of "making it" in the country music industry. Also contains a helpful index of music associations, organizations, and industry companies.

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Editorial Reviews

Country Focus
...a unique perspective...real details are revealed about how to make it in the country music industry. A helpful index of music associations, organizations and industry companies are included...
Dirty Linen
Pierce has performed an invaluable service in interviewing and collecting this information...a fascinating and fun account of the creation of a music.
Rapport
Certainly for those seeking a musical career, the book is invaluable, although each musician became successful in different ways.
Music Row
An interesting collection of "in their own words" stories from a dozen of the city's finest...
Booknews
Profiles 12 Nashville sidemen (yes, all men) to offer a view of the music industry from the nearly anonymous perspective of the recording studio. Draws on first-hand knowledge, meetings, interviews, and documents from the musicians to discuss Harold Ray Bradley, Reggie Young, Charlie McCoy, Jelly Roll Johnson, Eddie Bayers, Buddy Harman, and others. Includes a glossary of musicians' terms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810834347
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
American Folk Music and Musicians Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ember Pierce graduated from Texas A and I University in 1975. She has written songs with Garth Brooks and has had her songs recorded by Johnny Cash and Janie Frickie. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

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