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The history of country music
Kallen, Stuart A., 1955-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A history of country music which discusses its roots, influences, and various types including bluegrass, honky tonk, cowboy music, western swing, and rockabilly.
Introduction : American roots music -- The early years of country -- The sounds of bluegrass -- Honky tonk music -- Cowboy music and western swing -- Rockabilly music -- The Nashville hit makers -- New sounds, new fans.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 6.0 63865.
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ML3524 .K35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Country music is one of the most popular genres in modern recording history. The History of Country Music traces the path of the musical style from its folk roots, through bluegrass, honky-tonk, western swing, and rockabilly to today's multiplatinum selling artists.

Author Notes

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 250 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered countless aspects of human history, culture, and science from the building of the pyramids to the music of the twenty-first century.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-A concise and informative introduction to country music. The book begins with a brief discussion of its roots in the music of the Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the southern Appalachian Mountains and traces its development from its early days as "hillbilly" music to its contemporary sound. Attention is also given to subgenres such as bluegrass, Western swing, and rockabilly. Influential artists are profiled in sidebars. The content is logically organized and well researched, the text is well written and fairly engaging, and the layout and design are appealing. However, while Kallen does a good job with the historical material, his coverage of contemporary country music is disappointingly slight. Black-and-white photographs with informative captions appear throughout. A serviceable choice where additional material is needed.-Edward Sullivan, White Pine School, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.