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Country music, U.S.A. /
by Bill C. Malone and Jocelyn R. Neal.
edition
3rd rev. ed.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010.
description
xx, 664 p.
ISBN
0292723296 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780292723290 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010.
isbn
0292723296 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780292723290 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
The folk background before commercialism -- The early period of commercial hillbilly music -- The first country singing star : Jimmie Rodgers -- Country music during the depression -- The cowboy image and the growth of western music -- The war years : the national expansion of country music -- The boom period : the emergence of a big business, 1946-1953 -- The development of country-pop music and the Nashville sound -- The reinvigoration of modern country music, 1960-1972 -- Bluegrass -- Country music, 1972-1984 -- Tradition and change : country music, 1985-2002.
catalogue key
7360221
 
Includes bibliographical references, and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
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.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1985-12:
All revised and enlarged editions should be as well done as this. Malone's highly regarded original work (CH, Sep '69) has been extensively revised by a rewriting of the history of country music up to the 1960s, and by the addition of material, almost a third of the present volume, on the history of the last two decades. All of the earlier pages now reflect the perspective of the 1980s rather than the 1960s. This new volume is more readable and more perceptive than the original. Malone has also done a much better job in this edition of integrating his treatment of individuals with popular cultural trends of their times, making this work more valuable as cultural history. Yet this revision seems aimed more at a popular audience than its predecessor. For example, it has considerably fewer footnotes and is easier reading. Instead of a lengthy bibliography divided like a dissertation, this edition contains bibliographical essays for each chapter and a brief guide to recordings that indicates sources for discographies. It also has photographs, a long and useful index, and a list of song titles mentioned. All libraries that have the original should buy the new book which, like the original, should attract a rather wide audience. They may also wish to retain the first edition, however, because it represents a pioneering effort and reveals changes in interpretations of country music history. Both public and academic libraries, community college and up.-E.D. Odom, North Texas State University
Reviews
Review Quotes
From reviews of previous editions:“If anyone knows more about the subject than [Malone] does, God help them.”
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 CMT.com 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
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is widely regarded as the definitive history of American country music, starting with the music's folk roots in the rural South. This edition includes an extensive new chapter in which Jocelyn R. Neal tracks developments in country music in the post-9/11 world.
Main Description
Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone'sCountry 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction to the Revised Edition of 2010p. xv
The Folk Background before Commercialismp. 1
The Early Period of Commercial Hillbilly Musicp. 31
The First Country Singing Star: Jimmie Rodgersp. 77
Country Music during the Depressionp. 93
The Cowboy Image and the Growth of Western Musicp. 137
The War Years: The National Expansion of Country Musicp. 177
The Boom Period: The Emergence of a Big Business, 1946-1953p. 199
The Development of Country-Pop Music and the Nashville Soundp. 245
The Reinvigoration of Modern Country Music, 1960-1972p. 269
Bluegrassp. 323
Country Music, 1972-1984p. 369
Tradition and Change: Country Music, 1985-2002p. 417
A New Centuryp. 467
Bibliographical Essaysp. 497
Guide to Recordingsp. 603
Indexp. 607
Index of Song Titlesp. 645
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