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Austin city limits : 25 years of American music
Davis, John T. (John Terry), 1955-
Publication Information:
New York : Billboard Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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ML3524 .D38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The music showcase television programme commemorates 25 years of the best of America's music, from country, blues and folk to rock, bluegrass and tejano. The text documents in words and pictures the performances of more than 500 artists who have appeared on the show.

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Booklist Review

Davis' down-to-earth account of PBS mainstay Austin City Limits reports that "the idea was originally to create a series that showcased the eclectic country-rock musical scene around Austin in the early 1970s," but now "that function has been eclipsed by several others," and the show spotlights many musical styles. A detailed time line reveals an eclectic array of guests. Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, and Lightnin' Hopkins are to be expected on a Texas music show, but Keb' Mo', Manhattan Transfer, and B. B. King have also graced the set, which, what with the Austin skyline in the background, appears to be outdoors. That is actually a studio backdrop, of course, whose design Davis covers while noting that the producers get a steady stream of inquiries about stageside camping facilities. Davis' celebratory work represents Texas music as a tasty stew of varied ingredients. Serve the well-prepared viewers' guide to one of PBS' finest with Lone Star beer, tequila, and chips and salsa at your next friends-of-the-library gala. --Mike Tribby

Table of Contents

Lyle Lovett
Prefacep. 8
Forewordp. 10
Introduction: A Short History of Austin City Limitsp. 12
Setting the Stage
The Austin Scene: Groover's Paradisep. 20
The Show: Austin Unlimitedp. 26
Timeline: 1975-1999p. 36
The Stars
Legends: Pancho Was a Bandit, Boysp. 46
Country: If You Don't Think I Love You, Ask My Wifep. 58
Blues: There's the Blues and There's Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dahp. 80
Tejano and Conjunto: "Chulas Fronteras"p. 92
Singer-Songwriters: You Got to Sing Like You Don't Need the Moneyp. 100
Women in Song: Grrrls with Guitarsp. 110
Lone Stars: Texas Is a State of Mindp. 122
Rising Stars: Garth Who?p. 132
None of the Above: It Was Never Just About Cowboysp. 142
A Day in the Life of Austin City Limits: December 5, 1998p. 164
Frequently Asked Questions: How, What, Where, Whenp. 172
Afterword: Austin City Limits Foreverp. 175
Chronology of Programs and Songsp. 176
Indexp. 190