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Most popular Country & Western music books

The most popular Country & Western music books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Wayfaring Stranger: A Musical Journey in the American South
A journey to the American South in search of friendship, life lessons and bluegrass.
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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.
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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.
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Johnny Cash 2020 Square Wall Calendar
5
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.
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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.
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Johnny Cash: The Life
The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash.
8
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.
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Born for the Road: My Story So Far
10
Cash
This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life.
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Best Of Glen Campbell
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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 .
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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.
14
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.
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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.
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Shania Twain: Hometown Canadian to International Superstar
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Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout
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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
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Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline
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Bluegrass Breakdown: THE MAKING OF THE OLD SOUTHERN SOUND
An academic book on bluegrass.
21
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.
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I Saw The Light: The Story of Hank Williams - Now a major motion picture starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams
THE BIOGRAPHY BEHIND THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE I SAW THE LIGHT, STARRING TOM HIDDLESTON AND ELIZABETH OLSEN (COMING MAY 2016)
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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.
24
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'.
25
Willie Nelson: American Icon
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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.
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Johnny Cash At Folsom And San Quentin
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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.
29
Outlaws & Armadillos - Country's Roaring '70s
OUTLAWS & ARMADILLOS: COUNTRY'S ROARING 70S
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Marvin Rainwater
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I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music
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Hot Country: A Comprehensive Guide To Lead And Rhythm Country Guitar Playing
33
Bluegrass: A HISTORY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Beginning with the musical cultures of the American South in the 1920s and 1930s, this title traces the genre through its pivotal developments during the era of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the forties. It also describes early bluegrass' role in postwar country music, and its trials following the appearance of rock and roll.
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Johnny Cash's American Recordings
When Johnny Cash signed to Rick Rubin's record label in 1993, he was a country music legend who, like his fellow Highwaymen Willie, Waylon and Kris, remained a fondly regarded yet completely marginalized Nashville figure. This title offers an investigation of what is arguably Johnny Cash's greatest album, focusing on his enduring mythology.
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Hank Williams: A Bio-Bibliography
36
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
40
Garth Brooks: The Illustrated Story
This is the unauthorised biography of Garth Brooks. He is not just the most successful male country-recording artist ever; he's one of the world's bestselling artists of all time. Although he "retired" in 2001, he has returned to the limelight, staging the biggest comeback since Sinatra and releasing his first album of new material in 13 years.
41
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.
42
Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South
In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama - what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle".
43
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".
44
Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir
The Incredible Story of a Country Music LegendFew artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.
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Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton
46
Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives
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Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier
Sometimes it's not only what we plant but where we're planted.
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Rhinestones and Twanging Tones: The Look and Sound of Country Music
49
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.
50
100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s
In 100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s, each album entry is accompanied by the original sleeve artwork - front and back - and is packed full of facts and recording information, including a complete track listing, musician and production credits, and an authoritative commentary on the record and its place in cultural history.