Texas Music

Texas Music

by Rick Koster
     
 

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This definitive history of Texas music from the 1920s to the present combines elements of a textbook, a tribute, a coffee table book, and a zealot's diary into "the" seminal work on the subject. From Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin to Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, and gospel singer Kirk Franklin--all the music legends of Texas are accounted for and profiled in detail.  See more details below

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This definitive history of Texas music from the 1920s to the present combines elements of a textbook, a tribute, a coffee table book, and a zealot's diary into "the" seminal work on the subject. From Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin to Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, and gospel singer Kirk Franklin--all the music legends of Texas are accounted for and profiled in detail.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While readers know that Texas is a mighty big state that has produced plenty of great music over the years, they may well be unprepared for the sheer number of musicians who were either born or spent their formative years there. Just about every musical genre has had more than its share of Texas influence: country from Gene Autry to LeAnn Rimes, blues from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Stevie Ray Vaughn, and rock from Buddy Holly to the Butthole Surfersnot to mention folk, jazz, disco, soul, rap, and even easy listening. Journalist Koster, who claims to have an immense record collection, presents an enormous amount of material in an engaging, humorous manner, helped along by frequent sidebars highlighting a "Criminally Underrated Artist" or a "Guitarist Who Changed Modern Music." This book is indispensable to any library where there is interest in music history, and Texas librarians who fail to purchase it should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran music journalist Koster surveys music from the state with the most to offer. In addition to well-researched and historically savvy sections on country, rock 'n' roll, and blues, Koster tackles folk, ethnic music, a variety of black musical styles, easy listening, classical, and jazz. While some formats are inevitably relegated to, at best, a passing treatment, Koster is able to apply his amazing expertise about these forms and combine this knowledge with a smart and funny writing style. His special genius is his ability to link famous names with well-known songs where the relationship has previously been unknown. For instance, how many readers will already know that the Champs, who recorded "Tequila" in 1958, had Texans Jim Seals and Dash Crofts as guitarists—the same Seals and Crofts who went on become easy- listening stars in the '70s? His principal weakness is his seeming desire to cast everyone as a Texan. Jimi Hendrix, he points out, was not born, never lived, and did not die in Texas, but he did, Koster notes, once buy a guitar from bluesman Jimmy Vaughan. Robert Johnson is included because he made all his extant recordings in Texas, although he is most often associated with the Mississippi Delta players he inspired. On the other hand, Koster gives proper attention to ground-breaking Texas acts like the indescribable Butthole Surfers and Austin folkster Meredith Louise Miller. Koster also intersperses his text with boxed profiles of "Criminally Overlooked Musicians," to bring attention to some truly influential artists who have gone unnoticed. A lively and affectionate study for music lovers of all stripes. (100 b&w photos, 7 maps, not seen)

From the Publisher

“Koster is not only informative; hs is also a supurb storyteller.” —Dallas AM News

“[Koster's] book will delight music fans--and maybe even create some new ones.” —Chicago Tribune

“If you are a fan of music--not just Texas music, but all kinds of music--this is a book you want to own.” —Dallas Morning News

“One of the most comprehensive sureys of Texas music.” —Austin Chronicle

“Texas Music is a triumph...Koster succeeds masterfully.” —Santa Fe Weekly Alibi

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312181932
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Koster spent fifteen years as a working rock musician before his hair turned gray and he became a writer. A native of Texas, he now lives in New London, Connecticut, with his wife, where he covers music and books for The Day. He also writes a monthly book column for the Dallas Morning News, and his pieces have appeared in the Dallas Observer, Houston Press, Offbeat, and American Way.

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