Discovering Country Music (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Music - 232 pages
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Discovering Country Music chronicles the incredible evolution of country music in America - from the fiddle to the pop charts - and provides an insightful account of the reasons and motives that have determined its various transformations and offshoots over the years. In order to understand what country music is, and why, it is essential to understand how it makes its money — the basic revenue streams, the major companies involved, and how country artists are booked and marketed. Author Don Cusic helps readers do that, and goes even further, covering not only the business and the technology that have shaped the industry, but also tackling the question of country's relationship to the other major genres of the American recording industry, including pop, blues, and rock music.

Discovering Country Music is broken down into ten sections which include: key musical trends; ancillary business trends such as recording technology, radio, and the recording industry; and prominent artists, including as a small sample Stephen Foster, The Carter Family, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Kenny Chesney. This work should appeal to fans, scholars, educators, libraries and the general reader alike.

  

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Contents

What Is It?
1
Chapter 2 Early Country Music
7
Chapter 3 On Radio and in the Movies
25
Chapter 4 Country Music in the 1940s
49
Chapter 5 Country Music in the 1950s
71
Chapter 6 Politics and Country Music
87
Chapter 7 Country Music and the National Media
103
Chapter 8 Country Music in the 1960s and 1970s
111
Chapter 10 Country Radio
141
Chapter 11 Country Music Internationally
149
Chapter 12 Politics and Religion
159
Chapter 13 The TwentyFirst Century
173
Chapter 14 The Road Ahead
187
Notes
195
Bibliography
199
Index
207

Chapter 9 The 1980s and 1990s
125

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About the author (2008)

DON CUSIC is an internationally known scholar and writer, one of the premier historians of country music, and a pioneer in the field of music business education -- developing courses, curriculum and material for the music business programs at Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). As an author, teacher, historian, songwriter, and executive, Cusic has been actively involved in the music business since 1973. He is also the author of sixteen published books, including the biography Eddy Arnold: I'll Hold You In My Heart and an encyclopedia, Cowboys and the Wild West: An A-Z Guide from the Chisholm Trail to the Silver Screen. Other books include Johnny Cash: The Songs, The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music, Music in the Market, Baseball and Country Music, Poet of the Common Man: Merle Haggard Lyrics, Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1959-1994, and Hank Williams: The Complete Lyrics.

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