This gorgeously illustrated and hugely entertaining history begins in the American South, where country music itself emerged. With the birth of radio in the 1920s, the songs moved from small towns, mountain hollers, and the wide-open West to become the music of an entire nation. Here is Hank Williams’s tragic honky tonk life, Dolly Parton rising to fame from a dirt-poor childhood, and Loretta Lynn turning her experiences into songs that spoke to women everywhere. The stories in the sweeping yet intimate Country Music: An Illustrated History will captivate longtime country fans and introduce new listeners to an extraordinary body of music that lies at the very center of the American experience.
Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of Country Music, is the author of twelve other books, including Out West: An American Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail, in which he retraced the historic route of the expedition. He has worked with Ken Burns as a writer and producer of documentary films for nearly thirty years.