The Rough Guide to Country Music

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The Rough Guide to Country Music is both a record buyer's guide as well as an encyclopedia; it covers every phase of country's development, from hillbilly string bands and honky-tonk legends to the musicians of the new century, both mainstream and "alternative."" "Features include: insightful essays that trace Country's growth from hand-me-down folk to a major American industry; concise biographies of hundreds of performers - not just the household names and million-selling stars, but also the oddballs, ...
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The Rough Guide to Country Music is both a record buyer's guide as well as an encyclopedia; it covers every phase of country's development, from hillbilly string bands and honky-tonk legends to the musicians of the new century, both mainstream and "alternative."" "Features include: insightful essays that trace Country's growth from hand-me-down folk to a major American industry; concise biographies of hundreds of performers - not just the household names and million-selling stars, but also the oddballs, outsiders, and overlooked innovators; critical album reviews, from the earliest commercial recordings of the 1920s through the multiplatinum artists of today; and more than 250 images, including vintage album jackets and previously unpublished photos.
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Probably the best encyclopedic treatment of country music since The Encyclopedia of Country Music (LJ 11/15/98), which was sponsored by the Country Music Association, this work provides a crash course on this genre from its embryonic stage in the 1920s (as an out-growth of folk music) up to and including what often passes for country music today (unremarkable musical pap, which has alienated many in the music's traditional fan base). To his credit, Wolff does not editorialize to such an extent that he jeopardizes the credibility of this work as a reference tool, although his sympathies seem to lie with the traditionalist camp. The "Rough Guide" imprimatur has generally come to mean "quality" as well as "iconoclasm," and this is no exception. Through 14 chapters, Wolff weaves a rich historical tapestry encompassing all of the genre's important niches (Western, bluegrass, honky-tonk, rockabilly, etc.). Solid, informative essays on each area lead into bios of varying lengths on its key personalities as well as (a pleasant surprise) many of the more colorful albeit minor artists who usually get passed by in this type of work. Selected CD/album critiques also appear at the end of many entries, and the text is dotted with numerous album covers and black-and-white pictures of artists. Libraries already owning the Encyclopedia of Country Music should consider getting this title as a complement. It will serve admirably as both a reference tool and a general reading title in most collections. Highly recommended.--David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781858285344
  • Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/1900
  • Series: Rough Guide Music Reference Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2000

    Refreshing new perspective on the evolution of country music

    The author has carefully researched the development of 'country music' over the years, citing the contributions of the many artists in this field. His clear writing provides the reader with an unbiased view of each of the many writers and performers. This book will stay on the shelves of lovers of county music as a reference resource.

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