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Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music Hardcover – September 7, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (September 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517581140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517581148
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This is a comprehensive and entertaining history of women as an integral, yet widely unrecognized, influence on the evolution of country music. After sketching how the form of today developed from the ballads and often violent love songs of the 17th century, anthropologist Bufwack and music reporter Oermann move to the American women who shaped this form and who will eventually, they contend, achieve full parity in what is probably the fastest growing segment of the music industry. The careers of hundreds of country music heroines are outlined, from the obscure to those who, like Reba McEntire and Lorrie Morgan, have attained superstar status. Of particular note are the scope and continuity of the material. Far from providing simply a series of vignettes, the authors present an extraordinarily well-written, powerful story of struggle and triumph. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A unique collaboration between the director of Nashville's United Neighborhood Health Services (Bufwack) and the founder of the reference section at the Country Music Hall of Fame library (Oermann) has resulted in a magnificent document on women in country music. Beginning with mountain women and folk music in the 1890s and ending with present-day country music, the account is a thorough study of ordinary, working-class women and their music. The volume also functions as a social, political, and economic report that covers such topics as 19th-century showgirls, radio, protest songs, World War II, honky-tonks, Southern gospel music, rockabilly, bluegrass, and more. The text is well written, clearly organized, and accompanied by photographs (not seen). The book's extensive bibliography justifies purchase in and of itself. Highly recommended.
- Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
An invaluable book, outling the history of women in country music, from Day One. This husband/wife team made themselves into a franchise as historians and commentators for the TNN country cable network... Here they present the female side of the country equation, moving historically from the pre-recording days back in Hog Hollar, to the gradual entry of women into the growing "hillbilly" music industry, and finally into the hallowed halls of the Grand Ole Opry and the mainstream of commercial country. The writing is generally good, and the scope of the book is impressive. The authors pay special attention to the contradictions of women's place in early country -- they were important keepers of folk traditions, but not allowed to perform professionally -- as well as to the persistent stereotyping and creative restrictions placed on them my the Nashville establishment. This book may be a bit exhaustive, but it's an awesome bit of pop scholarship. Besides, they turned me onto the foul-mouthed mid-'50s proto-rockabilly filly, Charlene Arthur, which was worth the price of admission alone. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Courts on August 27, 2010
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If you want to know more about Women in country music this is the book you need. It's very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mary A. Bufwack writes in a gossipy like style that made this book an easy read. The author is enthusiastic about the subject. She tries to squeeze in the name practically of every girl who sang a song. She even devotes a chapter to the genres that are related to country like folk and more so rockabilly. There are plenty of pictures throughout the book.
Unlike the author I don't see the downfall of the gingham dress to be such a success. The girls in the beginning of the book just look so cute. This book has introduced me to several people such as Kay Adams and the Girls of the Golden West. For this I'm very grateful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As one reviewer notes, this book begins beautifullly, with its account of mountain balladeers and the great,tragic, still little known folklorist ( She was NOT a singer), Emma Bell Miles. Afterwards the book is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, it is geunuinely rich in information and human insight.Ms. Bufwack, and her co-author/lover, Mr. Oerman, clearly love the music and the women who make it. However, the book seems to suffer from a sort of split personality. Oermann knows the music business, but he is also an ex-publicist, and as a result, his prose does tend toward press-agent puffery. Ms Bufwack, an trained antropologist , is clearly deeply informed about aspects of country. asd befits a woman who once wrote the liner notes to a Wanda Jackson record, her knowledge of Rockabilly music and rockabilly women is deep. Still, she occcasionally seems determined to view the women of Country through feminist spectacles. That isnt entirely bad- too many feminists take a condescending attitude toward country women.
However, my biggest problem with this book is that there wasnt a cassette accompanying it!
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By Wannetta L on January 26, 2015
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nice book
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