This comprehensive survey profiles more than two hundred country music stars of yesterday and today, providing information on musicians' lives and careers, individual musical styles, awards, favorite songs, influences, and contributions. Original.
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Back in 1974 when Shestack wrote The Country Music Encyclopedia, many thought country music was in its death throes. Today it is alive and kicking, with mega superstars, crossover audiences, and two cable channels. More than 200 performers are profiled in this revised edition.
While such older stars as Patsy Cline are included, many others, such as Hank Williams and Roy Acuff, are not. The focus is on artists who are still performing. Entries are current enough to include the death of Conway Twitty in June_ 1993. The essays open with birth and death dates, musical style, important songs, and awards won. Profiles range from a column for Marie Osmond to four pages for Willie Nelson. Entrants include established stars such as George Jones and newcomers like Trisha Yearwood. The essays are written in an informal style and reflect the opinions of the authors, who are also reviewers. There are no discographies for individuals. An insert of black-and-white photographs includes a select number of performers.
The book closes with interviews with Nashville insiders and a list of 101 albums that would make a solid country collection. An index by name, subject, and some titles ends the book. See references lead from band members' names to the entry for the band in which they play.
The New Country Music Encyclopedia presents longer and more current essays than the Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music (Crown, 1987), although it contains 250 fewer performers. It covers more performers than the recent Country Music Almanac [RBB O 15 93], which is more eclectic in scope. At its reasonable price, many libraries will want to consider buying a circulating copy of The New Country Music Encyclopedia as well as one for reference. Suitable for public and undergraduate libraries.
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Descripción Fireside, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0671782584