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Dixie Chicks : down-home and backstage
Dickerson, James.
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Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Trade Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 162 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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ML421.D59 D53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML421.D59 D53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Dixie Chicks hold a prominent position in the music business as one of only two female bands that have succeeded in the pop charts in the 1990s. Today, their sassy attitudes, funky style of dress, and updated bluegrass/country music attract fans like bees to honey, not unlike their past days of playing on the streets.

Author Notes

James L. Dickerson is the author of several books including "Last Suppers", "Dixie Chicks", & "That's Alright, Elvis". A veteran newspaper journalist, Dickerson lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Dixie Chicks didn't hatch fully formed from the forehead of country music's god of marketing. It just seems that way. They, too, paid their dues, as a quartet whose quirky takes on tunes fit right into the alt-country movement, but who, first performing in 1989, labored in obscurity for years. Dickerson serves up their story with gusto, if not in any depth, from the opening effusion comparing them to Elvis Presley to the finale consisting of heartfelt fans' pledges of fidelity. To give the Chicks their due, they play their own instruments and sing their own songs. But the slick packaging of their career suggests that these gals may be more interested in tasting good than in good taste. Until the Chicks phenomenon blows over--and by the way, does anybody remember Billy Ray Cyrus?--responsive pop music collections will want this book on their shelves. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

With an amazing amount of pluck, the Dixie Chicks made it to the top in ten years with their major-label debut, Wide Open Spaces (1998). Over the past two years, they have received a blitz of awards (including "Top Duet or Group" from the Academy of Country Music and two Grammys for "Best Country Album") and are showing signs of crossover success la Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Dickerson, a music journalist and author of two books nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award (Goin' Back to Memphis; That's Alright, Elvis), follows the career of the Dixie Chicks from buskers on the streets of Dallas to nursing-home giggers to A-list performers at Radio City Music Hall. Interestingly, the trio's former lead singer, Laura Lynch, who was kicked out when fiddler Martie Seidel and guitarist Emily Robison wanted to change musical direction, offered commentaryDbut not the Chicks themselves. This doesn't, however, result in bad-mouthing. Dickerson also interviewed many fans whose web sites greatly fostered the Chicks's popularity. With sensitivity, Dickerson writes about a group of singers earnest in their love of music. Recommended for all public library collections.DKathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.