Country Music: An Illustrated History

By Caroline O'Connor | August 28 2019 | Adults All General Gift Pop Culture

     It begins where country music itself emerged: the American South, where people sang to themselves and to their families at home and in church, and where they danced to fiddle tunes on Saturday nights. With the birth of radio in the 1920s, the songs moved from small towns,mountain hollers, and the wide-open West to become the music of an entire nation–a diverse range of sounds and styles from honky tonk to gospel to bluegrass to rockabilly, leading up through the decades to the music’s massive commercial success today.

     Above all, Country Music is the story of the musicians. Here is Hank Williams’s tragic honky tonk life, Dolly Parton rising to fame from a dirt-poor childhood, and Loretta Lynn turning her experiences into songs that spoke to women everywhere. Here too are interviews with the genre’s biggest stars, including the likes of Merle Haggard to Garth Brooks to Rosanne Cash. Full of rare photographs and endlessly fascinating anecdotes, the stories in this sweeping yet intimate history will captivate longtime country fans and introduce new listeners to an extraordinary body of music that lies at the very center of the American experience.

   Country Music is based on the upcoming eight-part film series to air on PBS in September 2019. Check out the sneak peak below!

 

 

 

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An Illustrated History
978-0-525-52054-2
The rich and colorful story of America's most popular music and the singers and songwriters who captivated, entertained, and consoled listeners throughout the twentieth century, featuring a foreword from Ken Burns, exclusive stories, extended interviews with stars, and unbelievable photos not shown in the PBS documentary. "Duncan's and Burns's lavishly illustrated and cinematic narrative will stand as the definitive history of the genre." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
$55.00 US | $73.00 CAN
Sep 10, 2019
9-1/8 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
560 Pages
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt

When Old Time Music Met Bluegrass
978-1-57687-926-9
Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road is a living document of country music's founding fathers and mothers. John Cohen photographed musicians, at home, backstage at public events, from the wings at fiddlers' conventions, out in country music parks, and in the studio for live radio show performances and recording sessions.
$45.00 US | $60.00 CAN
Sep 10, 2019
10-7/8 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
224 Pages
powerHouse Books
World

The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
978-1-58834-639-1
An illustrated biography of Johnny Cash that tells his life story through never-before-seen personal photographs and memorabilia from the Cash family
$40.00 US | $54.00 CAN
Oct 30, 2018
9 x 11
Hardcover
216 Pages
Smithsonian Books
World

The Unknown Poems
978-0-399-57513-6
Newly discovered in the Cash family archives, a treasure of never-before-published poems and song lyrics, with copies of original handwritten documents from the legendary Johnny Cash, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and with a preface by John Carter Cash.
$25.00 US | $34.00 CAN
Nov 15, 2016
6 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
144 Pages
Blue Rider Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

My Life in Lyrics
978-0-307-59489-1
One of the most beloved country music stars of all time gives us the first collection of her lyrics and, in her own words, tells the stories that inspired her most popular songs, such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'," and, of course, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."
$29.95 US | $32.00 CAN
Apr 03, 2012
8 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
240 Pages
Knopf
World

A Memoir
978-0-14-311939-5
"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life. For more than three decades she has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to critical recognition as a singer-songwriter and author of essays and short stories. Her remarkable body of work has often been noted for its emotional acuity, its rich and resonant imagery, and its unsparing honesty. Those qualities have enabled her to establish a unique intimacy with her audiences, and it is those qualities that inform her long-awaited memoir.
$17.00 US | $19.00 CAN
Jul 26, 2011
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
256 Pages
Penguin Books
World

Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation
978-0-593-13295-1
A celebration of America and the music that inspired people and illuminated eras, from the Revolutionary War to the present, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy winner Tim McGraw.
$30.00 US | $40.00 CAN
Jun 11, 2019
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
320 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
978-1-101-98526-7
The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Wilco, opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.
$28.00 US | $37.00 CAN
Nov 13, 2018
6 x 9
Hardcover
304 Pages
Dutton
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Collector's Catalog
978-0-8041-8960-6
The autobiographical companion to an analog collection, this journal, which has a cover that looks and feels like a record, includes space for cataloging discs, tips for maintaining a collection, information on rating a disc's condition, and tear-out wish lists to fill out and take with you to the store.
$16.99 US | $22.99 CAN
Aug 29, 2017
6 x 10
Stationery & Accessories
192 Pages
Clarkson Potter
World