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Most popular Country & Western music books

The most popular Country & Western music books currently available. Updated weekly.
Wayfaring Stranger: A Musical Journey in the American South
A journey to the American South in search of friendship, life lessons and bluegrass.
Johnny Cash 2020 Square Wall Calendar
Keep it Country: A Celebration of Irish Country Music
Immerse yourself in all that's great about the vibrant Irish country music scene. From Big Tom, Philomena and Daniel to Nathan, Lisa, Mike and many more, the leading lights of Irish country in their own words. This book is a must-have for Irish country music fans.
I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music
In I'd Fight the World Peter La Chapelle traces the bonds between country music and politics from the rise of amateur fiddler-politicians to twentieth-century figures like Pappy O'Daniel, Roy Acuff, George C. Wallace, Al Gore, Sr., and Richard Nixon, who all played or harnessed music for electoral success.
This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life.
Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music
Leigh H. Edwards explores Partons roles as musician, actor, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur to show how her gender subversion highlights the challenges that can be found even in the most seemingly traditional form of American popular music. As Parton depicts herself as simultaneously "real" and "fake," she offers new perspectives on country music's claims of authenticity.
Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies
Start picking the five-string banjo like a pro with this definitive guide to bluegrass banjo! Whether you re an absolute beginner or an experienced player, Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies gets you started off the right way and is your road map for mastering today s most popular traditional and contemporary banjo picking styles.
Dolly Parton: Smart Blonde, the Life of
In this revised edition of his definitive biography of Dolly Parton, Stephen Miller has updated his original book on the superstar.
Born for the Road: My Story So Far
Taylor Swift: The Whole Story
The full story of Taylor Swift's stratospheric rise to fame; all any dedicated Swifty needs to know about the pop superstar who's taking over the world.
Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon
Earl Scruggs chronicles the life and legacy of the man who revolutionized the five-string banjo and left an indelible mark on bluegrass and folk music. Including interviews with the Scruggs family and more than 60 notable musicians, this narrative biography testifies to Scruggs's enduring influence and sheds light on the history of bluegrass.
Best Of Glen Campbell
Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
Charlie Louvin was a good, god-fearing, churchgoing singer, but his brother Ira had the devil in him and was known for smashing his mandolin to splinters onstage, cussing out Elvis Presley, and trying to strangle his third wife with a telephone cord.
Johnny Cash: The Life
The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash: Walking on Fire
Johnny Cash cuts an iconic figure in music history. Known for legendary songs about regret and redemption, such as 'I Walk the Line' and 'Ring of Fire', his life was a whirlwind of music, passion, addiction and absolution. This book takes an in depth look at the enthralling life of one of America's most influential artists.
Big Tom: The King of Irish Country
A tribute to Big Tom McBride, `the Johnny Cash of Irish country music'. From labourer to music star, the journey of the singer who brought so much joy to fans at home and to emigrants abroad over five decades.
Hot Country: A Comprehensive Guide To Lead And Rhythm Country Guitar Playing
Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt
In this tightly woven, intelligently written book, Brian T. Atkinson interviews both well-known musicians and up-and-coming artists to reveal, in the performers' own words, how their creative careers have been shaped by the life and work of Townes Van Zandt.
Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir
Recounting his early years, first as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the pioneering folk group the New Christy Minstrels, the author charts how he came into his own as an artist with the First Edition, only to have the band's breakup in the 1970s raise questions about his musical future.
Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock
Desperados is the first full history to describe the development of ountry rock, the genre that spawned the world's bestselling record, The Eagles Greatest Hits (which has surpassed Michael Jackson's Thriller .
Seasick Steve: Ramblin' Man
Larger than life, and a legend in his own lifetime - an incredible true story, told in this, the first full biography of Seasick Steve.
Shania Twain: Hometown Canadian to International Superstar
Country Music USA: 50th Anniversary Edition
Johnny Cash At Folsom And San Quentin
Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout
Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook: Classic Country
Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline
An academic book on bluegrass.
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
Suitable for students and scholars of American music, gender and sexuality, class, and pop culture, this book looks at how class and gender identity play out in one of America's most culturally and politically charged forms of popular music.
Margo: Queen of Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream
The official memoir of Margo O'Donnell, legendary Irish Country Music singer. For fifty years now the name 'Margo' has been synonymous with everything that is positive and enriching in Country and Irish music. This is the story of her life, the successes and difficult times, in her own words.
Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon
Earl Scruggs chronicles the life and legacy of the man who revolutionized the five-string banjo and left an indelible mark on bluegrass and folk music. Including interviews with the Scruggs family and more than 60 notable musicians, this narrative biography testifies to Scruggs's enduring influence and sheds light on the history of bluegrass.
Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
A heart-breaking, unforgettable portrait of country music's founding father and "Hillbilly King".
Going Down to the River: A Homeless Musician, an Unforgettable Song, and the Miraculous Encounter that Changed a Life
The astonishing story of a singer-songwriter living on the streets of Nashville who met Jesus, got sober, and found international stardom at the age of 62.
Philomena Begley: My Life, My Music, My Memories
Philomena Begley takes us from her happy beginnings as a bread-man's daughter in Pomeroy through the devastating loss of her brother Patsy and the risks of touring Ireland at the height of the Troubles, right up to her fiftieth anniversary in show business in 2012 - her `gold and silver days'.
Living the Dream
In Ireland, Daniel O'Donnell is more than just a singing star: he has reached the status of 'national treasure'. It has been a long journey for the boy from Kincasslagh, County Donegal, and in Living the Dream he tells his story with his customary sense of humour and down-to-earth charm.
Willie Nelson: American Icon
Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music
Presents a revealing portrait of Bill Anderson, one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of country music. A follow-up to his 1989 autobiography, this honest and revealing book tells the story of a man with an unprecedented gift, holding on to it in order to share it.
Elvis, Strait, to Jesus: An Iconic Producer's Journey with Legends of Rock 'n' Roll, Country, and Gospel Music
The King of Nashville, Tony Brown, offers a rare photographic journey through his 40-year career--including historical pictures and contemporary portraits of rock, country, and gospel music legends--in which he produced hundreds of #1 country music songs that are beloved by millions.
100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s
100 Best Selling Albums of the 80s
100 Best Selling Albums of the 90s
Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life
The long-awaited, deeply personal story of one of American music's greatest icons, a remarkable tale of the utmost heights of fame and success, the deepest lows of life's sorrows, and a miraculous return from the brink of death---told as only Randy Travis can.
Dolly on Dolly
Outlaws & Armadillos - Country's Roaring '70s
Marvin Rainwater
Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues
Hank Williams: A Bio-Bibliography
Contemporary Banjo Player: A progressive tutor for the modern bluegrass banjo player
The Contemporary Banjo Player is a unique new tutor from world-renowned banjo player John Dowling. It covers not only the basics of Bluegrass banjo, but also teaches you how to expand and develop your playing and diversify into other musical styles.
Rhythm Makers: The Drumming Legends of Nashville in Their Own Words
In Rhythm Makers: The Legendary Drummers of Nashville in Their Own Words, Tony Artimisi documents through extensive interviews the work of some of the most influential drum kit players in popular music today, opening a window onto one of the most vibrant music scenes in modern American history.