Country Music, U.S.A.: Third Revised Edition

Country Music, U.S.A.: Third Revised Edition


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Country Music, U.S.A.: Third Revised Edition by Bill C. Malone, Jocelyn R. Neal

Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone's Country Music, U.S.A. has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music's folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio through the first decade of the twenty-first century. This third revised edition includes an extensive new chapter in which new coauthor Jocelyn R. Neal tracks developments in country music in the post-9/11 world, exploring the relationship between the current scene and the traditions from which the music emerged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292723290
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 686
Sales rank: 623,108
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Immersed in country music since his birth, BILL C. MALONE has been both a scholar and a performer of the music for several decades. On the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Country Music, U.S.A. in 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music. His other books include Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’: Country Music and the Southern Working Class, Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers: Southern Culture and the Roots of Country Music, and Southern Music: American Music.

JOCELYN R. NEAL is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction to the Revised Edition of 2010 xv

1 The Folk Background before Commercialism 1

2 The Early Period of Commercial Hillbilly Music 31

3 The First Country Singing Star: Jimmie Rodgers 77

4 Country Music during the Depression 93

5 The Cowboy Image and the Growth of Western Music 137

6 The War Years: The National Expansion of Country Music 177

7 The Boom Period: The Emergence of a Big Business, 1946-1953 199

8 The Development of Country-Pop Music and the Nashville Sound 245

9 The Reinvigoration of Modern Country Music, 1960-1972 269

10 Bluegrass 323

11 Country Music, 1972-1984 369

12 Tradition and Change: Country Music, 1985-2002 417

13 A New Century 467

Bibliographical Essays 497

Guide to Recordings 603

Index 607

Index of Song Titles 645

What People are Saying About This

From reviews of previous editions:

“If anyone knows more about the subject than [Malone] does, God help them.”
—Larry McMurtry, from In a Narrow Grave

“With Country Music, U.S.A., Bill Malone wrote the Bible for country music history and scholarship. This groundbreaking work, now updated, is the definitive chronicle of the sweeping drama of the country music experience.”
—Chet Flippo, Editorial Director, CMT: Country Music Television and

“Country Music, U.S.A. is the definitive history of country music and of the artists who shaped its fascinating worlds. . . . Malone shows the reader why country music touches the hearts of its music fans throughout the world and is truly a national treasure.”
—William Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Larry McMurtry

From reviews of previous editions:

“If anyone knows more about the subject than [Malone] does, God help them.”

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