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Great Music Writing Found Here

23 Oct

I recently received a copy of this book and ripped through it in just a couple of days. What an amazing, diverse collection of writers and subjects. If you love American music, you will find plenty to savor here. And even if you consider yourself a music scholar, you will surely be inspired to learn more about one of the artists or subjects featured in these pages. Marc Smirnoff, the editor of the wonderful Oxford American magazine, did a terrific job in assembling these articles — all of which have previously appeared in the pages of the OA.

Blind Tom Wiggins’ story is amazing

Most all of the stories are worthwhile with my favorites being the vignettes on the forgotten Blind Tom Wiggins, Minstral Show icon Emmett Miller, Chris Bell of Big Star, folk legend Fred Neil (composer of “Everybody’s Talkin”), Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” hanging out in the 70s with Jerry Lee Lewis, and Schoolhouse Rock composer and Arkansas native Bob Dorough.

Bob Dorough composed & performed the above kiddie classic

Buy this book now and then subscribe to the Oxford American — you’ll love it!

Here is the product description found on Amazon.com …

Not only have a breathtaking array of musical giants come from the South—think Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Rodgers, to name just obvious examples—but so have a breathtaking array of American music genres. From blues to rock & roll to jazz to country to bluegrass—and areas in between—it all started in the American South. Since its debut in 1996, The Oxford American’s more-or-less annual Southern Music Issue has become legendary for its passionate and wide-ranging approach to music and for working with some of America’s greatest writers. These writers—from Peter Guralnick to Nick Tosches to Susan Straight to William Gay—probe the lives and legacies of Southern musicians you may or may not yet be familiar with, but whom you’ll love being introduced, or reintroduced, to. In one creative, fresh way or another, these writers also uncover the essence of music—and why music has such power over us. To celebrate ten years of Southern music issues, most of which are sold-out or very hard to find, the fifty-five essays collected in this dynamic, wide-ranging, and vast anthology appeal to both music fans and fans of great writing.