Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California

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Heyday Books, 2005 - History - 380 pages
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Cultural Writing. Music. California has been fertile ground for country music since the 1920s, nurturing a multitude of talents from Gene Autry to Glen Campbell, Rose Maddox to Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens to Merle Haggard. In this affectionate homage to California's place in country music's history, Gerald Haslam surveys the Golden State's contributions to what is today the most popular music in America. At the heart of the music he finds and illuminates the lives of the working-class men and women who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl, exploring thier Hoovervilles and other locales from which they had been turned out, shut down, or otherwise told to move on.

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Haslam, a former English professor at California State University and author of several books on the West, creditably shows how California rates recognition in the annals of country music history. The ... Read full review

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Gerald Haslam is the author of numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction. He wrote the text for "The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland" (California, 1992), which featured the photography of Stephen Johnson and Robert Dawson. A professor of English at California State University, Sonoma, until his retirement in 1997, he lives in Northern California. Alexandra Haslam Russell is managing editor of "Gavin" magazine. She and her father coedited the anthology, "Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free: Growing Up in the West" (1995). Richard Chon plays fiddle with the Sons of the San Joaquin and for many years was an entertainment writer for the "Bakersfield Californian".

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