Country Music, U.S.A.

Country Music, U.S.A.

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Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone’s Country Music, U.S.A. has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music’s folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio through the first decade of the twenty-first century. This third revised edition includes an extensive new chapter in which new coauthor Jocelyn R. Neal tracks developments in country music in the post-9/11 world, exploring the relationship between the current scene and the traditions from which the music emerged.

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3 Responses to Country Music, U.S.A.

  • grasshopper4 says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Extensive Treatise on Country Tunes, May 24, 2004
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    grasshopper4 (Arkansas) –

    An encyclopedic, rich, and interesting history of country music, this tome is essential for anyone interested not solely in country but also in American popular music. Each chapter serves as a through treatment of a particular genre or period of country music, and the work as a whole reveals a compelling history of American folk and popular culture. There are fascinating stories in this work, but don’t expect to blaze through this volume in a day or two. If you’re interested in a more compact and oftentimes more focused history, I’d recommend another of Malone’s major works: Southern Music/American Music.
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  • Bradley Olson says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The definitive country music history book, May 9, 2012
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    Bradley Olson (Bemidji, MN United States) –

    This review is from: Country Music, U.S.A. (Paperback)
    In 1968, Bill C. Malone wrote the first edition of the very first country music history book ever, Country Music USA. It offers a scholarly approach to the history of country music from its origins and as of 2010, it was updated to the present with help by Jocelyn R. Neal as Bill C. Malone is not a fan of the current mainstream country scene in Nashville generally speaking although he is a fan of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless and such. There are chapters devoted to Bluegrass, old time country, the folk music world, modern country, early commercial Hillbilly music, a chapter on Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, and more, all thoroughly researched. It is also has a very thorough history of the music industry over the years, past and present and the writing style is perfect for the kind of book it is. As a whole, this book is highly recommended for anybody interested in the history of country music and popular music in general.
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  • CoolCrosby@aol.com says:
    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Start here!, October 20, 1998
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    CoolCrosby@aol.com (Cleveland, OH) –

    This review is from: Country Music, U.S.A. (Paperback)
    This is the place to start any indepth consideration of country and western music. In fact Dr. Malone’s survey and Nick Tosche’s COUNTRY THE BIGGEST MUSIC IN AMERICA are my two favorite introductory volumes. Each book is radically different from one another with Dr. Malone’s history by far the more authoritative and serious consideration while the Tosche’s book operates more as stream of consciousness fan’s notes.
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