Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing

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University of Illinois Press, 1994 - Music - 330 pages
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In Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing, Cary Ginell vividly portrays memorable personalities, stylistic growth, musical rivalry, touring, recording sessions, business practices, and driving determination. Drawing on a rich array of primary resources, including oral histories, family scrapbooks, and newspaper files, he documents Brown's role in creating Western swing, a musical genre that still resonates in George Strait's recent recording of "Right or Wrong" (originally a Brown hit) and the vibrant energy of the band Asleep at the Wheel.

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This book is a treasure! Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies are unjustly neglected today, but the book goes a long way toward giving those musical pioneers their due. Cary Ginell and Roy Lee Brown have written a thoroughly researched history of Milton and Brownies which meets all the standards of scholarship, yet is very enjoyable to read. Put on some Brownies CDs, settle back and read this fascinating story of Milton Brown, the Founding Father of Western Swing. 

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CARY GINELL, a music historian and radio broadcaster, is the owner of Sound Thinking Music Research, where he works as a music consultant for the entertainment industry. He is also the co-owner of the Origin Jazz Library record label, and has conducted oral histories with many seminal musicians in country music and jazz. He is the author of "The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945" (Greenwood, 1989) and "Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing" (1994).

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