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Overview

This definitive history of Texas music from the 1920s to the present combines elements of a textbook, a tribute, a coffee table book, and a zealot's diary into "the" seminal work on the subject. From Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin to Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, and gospel singer Kirk Franklin--all the music legends of Texas are accounted for and profiled in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312181932
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/15/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Rick Koster spent fifteen years as a working rock musician before his hair turned gray and he became a writer. A native of Texas, he now lives in New London, Connecticut, with his wife, where he covers music and books for The Day. He also writes a monthly book column for the Dallas Morning News, and his pieces have appeared in the Dallas Observer, Houston Press, Offbeat, and American Way.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(4)
Acknowledgments xi
Part 1: Country 1(76)
1. Singing Cowboys and Range Songs
3(4)
2. Texas Shapes Early Country
7(4)
3. The Dawn of Western Swing
11(9)
4. The Honky-Tonk Tradition
20(12)
5. Progressive Country and the Austin Spirit
32(14)
6. Post-Redneck Rock and the Rise of Young Country
46(18)
7. Renegade Traditionalists and Country Punk
64(13)
Part 2: Rock 77(64)
1. Buddy Holly and the Fifties: The Birth of Texas Rock
79(6)
2. Texas Rock Grows Up and Crawls
85(11)
3. The Seventies: Ear Shredding and Frozen Yogurt Pop
96(10)
4. Rock Will Never Die (No Matter What)
106(17)
5. Punk, the Wave They Called "New," and Various Alternatives
123(18)
Part 3: Blues 141(48)
1. The Southern Oral Tradition and Country Blues
143(9)
2. Early Electricity and the California Exodus
152(8)
3. Postwar Blues and the Chitlin Circuit
160(11)
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan and the New Respectability
171(18)
Part 4: Folksingers and Songwriters 189(22)
1. Early Folksters and the Seventies Archivists
191(10)
2. The Emergence of the Singer/Songwriter
201(10)
Part 5: The Flavors of Ethnicity 211(22)
1. North of the Border-The Age of Conjunto
213(5)
2. Selena and the Rocketing of Tejano
218(9)
3. Sounds of the Melting Pot
227(6)
Part 6: Soul, R&B, Funk, Disco, and Rap 233(30)
1. Out of the Blues
235(14)
2. Disco, Gospel, and the Poetry of the 'Hood
249(14)
Part 7: Easy Listening, New Age, and Classical 263(16)
1. Opera (Not Soap or Oat), Classical, and Musical Theater
265(6)
2. Easy Listening (My Parents Love This Stuff!) and New Age
271(8)
Part 8: Jazz 279(38)
1. Scott Joplin, Charlie Christian, and the Piano and Guitar Giants
281(11)
2. Ornette Coleman, the Texas Tenors, and Various Single-Reed Men
292(11)
3. Trumpet Kings, a Trombone Meister, and Miscellaneous Virtuosos
303(14)
Bibliography and Sources 317(14)
Index 331

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