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Stars of Country Music: Uncle Dave Macon to Johnny Rodriguez (Da Capo Paperback) Paperback – October, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Da Capo Paperback
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306804441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306804441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harry Eagar VINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
When this book was published in 1975, the editors claimed it was the first time that academics had taken country music seriously. Country musicians and their listeners didn't care, I'm sure. They were country when country wasn't cool, and country music has always gotten along fine without professors, poohbahs and government grants.

Still, the book was produced by enthusiasts, some of them in the trade, and remains valuable, both as a history, as profiles of several musicians and for its bibliographies and discographies. The discographies, of course, need to be matched with current issues, but they can help sort out the multiplicity of issues.

As far as the authors are concerned, country music started with disc recordings. A sort of prequel chapter reviews some of the very earliest recorded musicians, like Eck Robertson, Fiddlin' John Carson and half of the Skillet Lickers: Riley Puckett (probably the first professional country musician), Gid Tanner and Clayton McMichen. Fate Norris is ignored, understandably because the recordings of his time didn't pick up his banjo among the ensemble, but unaccountably in the case of Lowe Stokes, who has some claim to be the greatest country fiddler who ever lived -- certainly the greatest one-armed country fiddler.

Profiles are given to Macon, Vernon Dalhart, Bradley Kincaid, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Tom T. Hall and Johnny Rodriguez. The later choices offer some insight into where people thought country music was heading in the mid-'70s.
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By Wannetta L on March 31, 2015
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