The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music
Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 16, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 634 pages
To its millions of fans, country music is America's music, offering a window into the sweet dreams and cruel disappointments of ordinary American lives. Now the renowned Country Music Foundation, custodian of Nashville's legendary Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has compiled a fascinating and infinitely useful guide to this beloved musical genre--The Encyclopedia of Country Music.Nearly 1,300 alphabetical entries put eight decades of country music at readers' fingertips, from the earliest '20s recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to the '90s chart-topping albums of LeAnn Rimes and Garth Brooks. A distinguished field of 137 contributors provides an eminently readable and reliable guide to the singers, songwriters, record companies, and industry movers and shakers who have made country music the increasingly popular--and profitable--juggernaut it is today. Hundreds of photographs, some never before published, accompany the text, including 75 color photographs from the CMF Library's record collection, surveying the history of the country music album cover. Twelve appendices provide lists of country's all-time best-selling albums, country music stations nationwide, all the country music awards won over the years, and much more.Authoritative, accessible, and unerringly accurate, The Encyclopedia of Country Music will delight fans. It is an essential reference for libraries, radio stations, and the entertainment industry.
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The Encyclopedia of Country MusicUser Review - Book Verdict
A foreword by country music superstar Vince Gill opens this volume on music and musicians who have had "the greatest influence on country music" since 1922. Kingsbury (The Grand Ole Opry History of Country Music), who edited the first edition, and Michael McCall and John W. Rumble (both of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum) then present articles written by Hall of Fame staff writers, music journalists, and other experts. The articles, listed alphabetically by topic, person, or organization, average two or three paragraphs, with the exception of 12 one- to three-page essay-type discussions. Some content from the first edition has been deleted as certain topics have "faded in importance in the ensuing years," but all remaining entries and appendixes have been updated, with 90 new entries and two new essays added. Most of the material is enhanced by black-and-white photographs, and Kingsbury's essay on album cover art is accompanied by eight leaves of color photographs. Entries include in-text cross-references, but unless readers know what they are looking for, these can be difficult to find as they are identified by small-font capital letters. Appendixes include lists of best-selling albums, award winners (Grammy, ACM, CMA), Grand Ole Opry members, and full-time country radio stations in the United States. VERDICT While this is an excellent reference for country music fans, the lack of a bibliography or further-reading list will make it less popular with scholars.—Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
The encyclopedia of country music: the ultimate guide to the musicUser Review - Book Verdict
A surprisingly frank product of the Nashville country music establishment (it was compiled by the Country Music Foundation), this title promises to be the definitive historical and biographical work of the past eight decades of country music. Some 150 authorities (e.g., Colin Escott and Ronnie Pugh) discuss the music in all its permutations, and the results are beyond impressive. Interspersed with the biographical entries are historical and sociological essays on the literature of country music, country songwriting, gospel, folk and popular music connections, and even touring and costuming. Thirteen appendixes cover the Country Music Hall of Fame, radio stations, and best-selling country albums. While all the major artists (e.g., Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb) are given their due, this work also gets at the second- and third-tier country singers as well as songwriters, musicians, DJs, record company executives, and others who have played roles in the genre. By covering contemporary artists as well as those who have been lost in the mists of time, the book is superior to any country music reference this reviewer has seen. Well written and heavily illustrated, this is the only country music reference work most libraries will need. An unparalleled work, worth its price and highly recommended.--David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law School Lib., Boston
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