The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia

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9780812922479: The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia

Country music has come of age. It has a rich history in American culture, and its story is well told in this definitive encyclopedia, written with verve and insight by the editors of America's leading and most popular country music magazine. The background of all the major -- and minor -- performers in country music, their greatest hits, fascinating anecdotes about their childhoods, their rise to (or fall from) fame, the truth behind publicity releases and general rumor -- it's all here, from Roy Acuff and Billy Ray Cyrus to Patsy Cline and Reba McEntire.

The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia offers a fresh, absorbing portrait of country music from its folkloric origins to its present status as the popular music of choice for 42 percent of the adult population, according to industry estimates. Indeed, in the past decade, the country music audience has tripled. Between 1988 and 1990, sales of country records jumped 56 percent as sales of rock-'n'-roll records slumped 5 percent. Combining more than six hundred short descriptive entries with longer evaluative articles, the encyclopedia is informative, engaging, and a pleasure to read. The critical events and individuals that have shaped country music are all here in one indispensable volume.

More than a reference book to be consulted simply for the dates or details of a particular artist's hits or career, the encyclopedia offers a virtual social history of country music. It distinguishes itself not only by the unassailable authority of its contributors -- the most knowledgeable and gifted writers in this field -- but by its in-depth portraits of country music's pioneers and contemporary stars. Individual entries are placed within a larger historical and musical context. Linking discrete facts, dates, and events through what amount to interpretive essays, The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia presents the overarching themes and musical ideas that have animated the landscape of country music.

An additional feature of the encyclopedia is the more than six hundred photographs, many rarely seen. These superb photographs convey the social and cultural spirit of the artists depicted. Together with the compelling text, the encyclopedia is certain to engage the curiosity, interests, and passions of every reader, and of every fan.

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The most complete, authoritative, up-to-date encyclopedia on country music available

Features more than 600 alphabetically arranged entries covering the critical individuals and events that have helped shape country music

Offers brief entries, longer interpretive essays, and dozens of thematic articles that provide a fresh, engaging approach to the fascinating world of country music

Written by the editors of Country Music magazine, the most popular and influential magazine in the field

More than 600 photographs

From Booklist:

As the song says, "I was country when country wasn't cool." The editors of Country Music Magazine have taken the surge in the music's popularity as an opportunity to compile a replacement for their 1974 Country Music Encyclopedia. The 680 entries are mainly biographical, but some cover key features of country music history.

The encyclopedia spans country's history from John Carson (born 1868) to such newcomers as Trisha Yearwood. The biographical entries open with birth and death dates and birthplace. The signed profiles discuss some personal details but focus mainly on careers, hit-song albums, influences, etc. They range in length from three-quarters of a column for Tim McGraw to two pages for Buck Owens. Nonsinging performers such as comedian Rod Brasfield and disk jockey Captain Midnight are also covered. There are no cross-references or discographies. Black-and-white photos accent many entries. Some established artists such as Loretta Lynn are given "now" and "then" shots.

Nonbiographical listings run the gamut from places (Branson, Missouri) to companies (Gibson--the instrument maker), to genres (Bluegrass), to radio shows (Louisiana Hayride). The encyclopedia does not include a bibliography or an index.

The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia, with its greater breadth of music history, acts as a complement to the recent New Country Music Encyclopedia (RBB Mr 15 94), which emphasizes active performers. A good purchase for public, academic, and music libraries.

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