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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; First Edition edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571234208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571234202
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Petrusich is the author of "It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music" and "Pink Moon," an installment in Continuum/Bloomsbury's acclaimed 33 1/3 series. She is a contributing writer for Pitchfork and a contributing editor at The Oxford American, and her music and culture writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Spin, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. She has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and presently teaches music criticism at NYU's Gallatin School. She lives in Brooklyn.

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She would read large portions to me so that we could jointly mock this one.
Joe Cox
Despite Ms. Petrusich's clear affection for the music, she has nothing interesting or new to say about it.
Kevin Schlottmann
I am planning my own southern music pilgrimage soon, and this book will be a valuable guide.
ZipCity

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JimONeal on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Would have preferred more information on the newer music scenes but love the personal perspective on the more historical stuff. Great for someone looking for a crash course in American roots music with a younger voice.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cox on February 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kevin, above, was right. I didn't believe him and bought this book for my wife. She would read large portions to me so that we could jointly mock this one. Petrusich writes like she wants to be Greil Marcus when she grows up. She has his flatulent verbosity, but unfortunately, she missed out on delivering actual content, which Greil does do occasionally.

Petrusich uses adjectives as if she gets paid per use. This would be great if it added anything, but unfortunately, this books reads more like a thesaurus than a creative work. She has little to say and says it badly. This is a good concept that gets more or less ruined. Don't buy it.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Schlottmann on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an unsuccessful combination of a travelogue, a history of country music, and an analysis of current trends in Americana. The historical portions are thinly researched, the analysis is at best trite and unoriginal and at worst confused, and the travel writing is a failed attempt to channel the mystique of the American road. Everything is in a blog style that is far too lightly edited. Despite Ms. Petrusich's clear affection for the music, she has nothing interesting or new to say about it. The only crumbs of insight come from artist interviews and quotes from other authors. There is plenty of great writing about country music and its history; off the top of my head, recent enjoyable reads include Havighurst's Air Castle of the Sky, about WSM; Colin Escott's Hank Williams bio; Gura's America's Instrument, about the banjo; and No Depression, in its magazine, anthology, and online forms. Check those out instead.
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Fantastic book. Petrusich's voice is clear and engaging, and her travelogue approach makes for a pleasurable and vivid romp through the various ways we define "American Music" and the places it comes from. Petrusich's "Americana" is slippery and hard to pin down, but that's what makes it so much fun to read about and consider.
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