Rural Rhythm: The Story of Old-Time Country Music in 78 Records (Hardback)Tony Russell (author)
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 796 g
Dimensions: 262 x 185 x 24 mm
The author's extensive and careful research, and his commitment to the subject matter, is always in evidence. It's undoubtedly a serious work offering much in the way of understanding, but nonetheless is straightforward and entertaining to read - it's also interesting and enlightening and I highly recommend it. * Emily Poole, Old Time News *
Russell has long been one of the foremost scholars of country music history. The current volume is perhaps his most fascinating ... This is a gold mine for all who are interested in popular music. * R. D. Cohen, CHOICE *
Fans of old-time music will treasure Rural Rhythm, as will the large and diverse American roots music fanbase. But the book-because it possesses the integrity and authority to challenge widespread but overly simplistic and limiting notions regarding the early history of commercial country music-deserves the broadest possible readership. * Ted Olsen, The Old-Time Herald *
This is a gold mine for all who are interested in popular music. * Ronald D. Cohen, CHOICE *
...a must for anyone truly interested in the history and thread of old-time. I wish these existed when I was starting out! And look up the referenced recordings. You'll be glad you did. * Dan Levenson, Banjo Newsletter *
Music scholarship doesn't get any better than this. Quite simply, it's one of the most insightful and fascinating books about country music I've ever read. * Patrick Huber, coauthor of A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record *
No one knows more about recorded country music than Tony Russell, and no one writes about it with more elegance and insight. Rural Rhythm is a tour de force - part history lesson, part treasure hunt, and part epic playlist, jammed with fascinating illustrations. Don't miss it! * Tom Piazza *
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