COUNTRY MUSIC Originals: The Legends and The Lost


COUNTRY MUSIC Originals: The Legends and The Lost
(includes a short chapter bout my Grandaddy, Raymond "Dick" Render)
by Tony Russell
Oxford University Press
258 pages
In this sparkling collection, "roots" music authority Tony Russell offers vivid portraits of the men and women who created country music, the artists whose lives and songs formed the rich tradition from which Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Dixie Chicks, and so many others have drawn their inspiration.
Included here are not only such major figures as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, and Gene Autry, who put country music on America's cultural map in the 1920s and '30s, but many fascinating lesser known figures as well, such as Carson Robison, Otto Gray, Chris Bouchillon, Emry Arthur and dozens more, many of whose stories are told here for the first time. To map some of the winding, untraveled roads that connect today's music to its ancestors...
Tony Russell is a music historian who has written on country music, blues, jazz, and other forms of popular music in a wide variety of publications and has researched, written, and presented many musical programs for BBC Radio. He is the author of COUNTRY MUSIC RECORDS: A Discography, 1921-1942, THE BLUES from ROBERT JOHNSON to ROBERT CRAY, and other books. He lives in London.

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