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Country Music, U.S.A.: Second Revised Edition Paperback – November 1, 2002


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Described as “the Bible for country music history and scholarship” on its original publication, it is quite simply the cornerstone--and a highly readable one at that--of any shelf devoted to the country’s Southern/Western rural class music and should be in any library of America’s music heritage. (Bill Cunningham Texas Books in Review 2004-01-00)

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From reviews of previous editions: “If anyone knows more about the subject than [Malone] does, God help them.” (—Larry McMurtry, from In a Narrow Grave) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 646 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 2nd edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292752628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292752627
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great scholarship and fine story telling.
C. vonHoffman
Bill Malone's major work is everything one thinks it could be - an historical treatise on the history of country music from pre-country to fairly modern-day country.
Kenneth Cox
I would recommend it for anyone interested in the country music history.
Nina M. Buzzell

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By grasshopper4 on May 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olson on May 9, 2012
Format: 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CoolCrosby@aol.com on October 20, 1998
Format: 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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An excellent reference tool for country music scholars and enthusiasts alike -- a 'who done it' of country music.

If you aren't looking for every detail of every aspect of everything country music, you may want to look elsewhere... but if you are, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

The prose has a narrative quality to it that makes reading enjoyable, while at the same time filling you with every detail imaginable.

I recommend picking up this one up! Just make sure you get the most recent edition; it has been updated several times.
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By Nina M. Buzzell on July 31, 2013
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This book was great! It was very informative on the history of country music and where it originated from. It brought back a lot of memories of my mother and the songs she would sing to these legends songs. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the country music history.
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Format: Paperback
I thought I knew a lot about country music before I read this -- boy was I wrong. Great scholarship and fine story telling. If you're serious about American music -- country or whatever -- you have to read this.
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