The histories of baseball and country music ran in parallel tracks through most of the twentieth century. America’s sport and America’s music moved from the fringes to the mainstream, gaining exposure and building heroes, first via radio broadcasts and then on the television screen. Both evolved with American society through wartime, the Civil Rights movement, and into the age of multimillion dollar superstars. Don Cusic offers an engaging and insightful analysis that addresses race, gender, class, ethnicity, business practices and marketing, performance, media, and the cult of celebrity.
About the Author
Don Cusic is Professor of Music Business at Belmont University as well as a writer and songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of many books on music and popular culture including Cowboys and the Wild West and Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1957-1994.
Table of Contents
|1||The Early Years||10|
|2||Radio and Electricity||25|
|3||Country Music and Baseball in America||34|
|4||War Clouds Gather||50|
|5||The World War II Years||64|
|6||After the War||75|
|8||Baseball and Country Music on TV||99|
|9||Radio in the Fifties||108|
|10||Baseball and Country Music in a Changing World||115|
|11||Baseball and Country Music's Troubled Times||120|
|12||Baseball and Country Music on TV: Stage Two||134|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Baseball and Country Music by Don Cusic is a well researched book with fascinating data that parallels and emerges the history of the United States. Baby Boomers may be able to relate and recall moments in history; such as civil rights, immigration, inventions (electricity, television) and womens' rights, and how they contributed to the development and popularity of baseball and country music. Many of these "performers" have become heroes due to their career statistics or song lyrics or both. I enjoyed reading this book and came to the realization that history is intertwined in areas we consider completely unrelated.