Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California
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