The Best of No Depression: Writing about American Music

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Since the magazine's founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as alt.country, Americana, and roots music. Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as “music that doesn't sell,” alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich complexity that come from its potent blend of country and rock 'n' roll and any number of related musical genres and subgenres.
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Overview

Since the magazine's founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as alt.country, Americana, and roots music. Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as “music that doesn't sell,” alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich complexity that come from its potent blend of country and rock 'n' roll and any number of related musical genres and subgenres.
To celebrate No Depression's tenth anniversary and spotlight some of the most important artists and trends in alt.country music, editors Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock have compiled this anthology of twenty-five of the magazine's best and most representative feature articles. Their subjects range from venerated country artists such as Johnny Cash and Ray Price to contemporary songwriters such as Lucinda Williams and Buddy and Julie Miller to the post-punk country-influenced bands Wilco and the Drive-By Truckers. All of the articles included here illustrate No Depression's commitment to music writing that puts the artist front-and-center and covers his or her career in sufficient depth to be definitive. Alden and Blackstock have also written a preface to this volume in which they discuss the alt.country phenomenon and the history and editorial philosophy that have made No Depression the bible for everyone seeking genuine American roots music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292709898
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

GRANT ALDEN and PETER BLACKSTOCK founded No Depression in 1995 in Seattle, Washington, and have been its editors ever since. They are also the magazine's publishers (along with Kyla Fairchild). Alden lives in Morehead, Kentucky, and Blackstock lives in Poulsbo, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock
Not Just Another Band from East L.A.: Los Lobos
Geoffrey Himes
The True Believer: Alejandro Escovedo
Peter Blackstock
Ain't Life Grand: Jon Dee Graham
Peter Blackstock
When the Fallen Angels Fly: Billy Joe Shaver
Grant Alden
Outlaw Blues: Ray Wylie Hubbard
John T. Davis
One Road More: The Flatlanders
Don McLeese
Burning Memories: Ray Price
David Cantwell
The Music Came Up from His Soul: Johnny Gimble
Bill C. Malone
The Man in Black and White and Every Shade in Between: Johnny Cash
Bill Friskics-Warren
The Long Journey Home: Rosanne Cash
Lloyd Sachs
Happy Woman Blues: Lucinda Williams
Silas House
Hearts on Fire: Buddy and Julie Miller
Bill Friskics-Warren
Sweet Emotion: Kasey Chambers
Geoffrey Himes
Make Me Wanna Holler: Loretta Lynn
Barry Mazor
Down from the Mountain: Patty Loveless
Bill Friskics-Warren
A Simple Path: Kieran Kane
Peter Cooper
Horse of a Different Color: Paul Burch
Jim Ridley
Coal Miner's Sister: Hazel Dickens
Bill Friskics-Warren
Quicksilver Girl: Gillian Welch
Grant Alden
Go Your Own Way: Ryan Adams
David Menconi
World Wide Open: Jay Farrar
Peter Blackstock
Outside the Wall: The Jayhawks
Erik Flannigan
In through the Out Door: Wilco
Paul Cantin
Rocking Tall: The Drive-By Truckers
Grant Alden
A Life of Quiet Inspiration: Iron & Wine
William Bowers
Author Notes
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