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The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon [Hardcover]

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Pages   250
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.37" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.84 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 9, 2006
ISBN  1931722862  
EAN  9781931722865  

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In this unique journey, country music legends of the past and present will tell you the story of how the Opry grew to be the longest-running radio broadcast in the world. Packed with candid first-person accounts, this insightful history will let you: *stand beside Opry founder Edwin Craig as he fights Nashville's elite to keep the Opry on the air *go on the road with Minnie Pearl and Pee Wee King during the lean war years *walk on the Opry stage for the first time with Johnny Cash *witness the birth, struggles, and ultimate triumph of bluegrass with Bill Monroe *experience the sudden and tragic loss of Patsy Cline *discover how Elvis and rock 'n' roll nearly destroyed the Grand Ole Opry *win over Carnegie Hall with the Opry stars for the first time in 1947 and again in 2005 to celebrate the Opry's eightieth birthday From soaring triumphs to heartbreaking losses, these firsthand accounts and hundreds of photos from the Grand Ole Opry archives (many of which have never been published) deliver a fascinating and exclusive look at the birthplace of country music.

Publishers Description
This official guide chronicles the story of the birthplace of country music as told by the people who were there. Escott presents the official inside history of the home of country music, offering fans an exclusive look into the heart and soul of country music. Full color, and packed with photos from the Opry Archives covering 80 years of history.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Colin is the author of the books Good Rockin' Tonight: The Story of Sun Records (1991) and Hank Williams: The Biography (1994). He has produced and annotated hundreds of reissues of country, R&B, and pop music.

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Country Music Fans will love it  Dec 30, 2006
Subtitled: The Making of an American Icon

The story of how the Grand Ole Opry started and how it remains a vital part of country music today is told by music legends, both current and past. Interviews, notes and letters from legends of today, as well as those who live on only in the hearts of country music fans, are used to bring us little known facts and details about the Opry.

Minnie Pearl, Pee Wee Reese, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Elvis
Presley all stood on the same stage and felt the same sense of honor at being there.

Funny stories, stories of tragedy and loss and tales from entertainment history are told about, and by, entertainers.

WSM radio started in 1925 as the brainchild of the son of a top executive of National Life Insurance Company. To get backing, he used the call letters WSM that the insurance company had used for years to mean, "we shield millions." The first few years of the fledgling station were rocky. From the struggle to keep the station alive came the idea to air a show called Radio Barn Dance that evolved into the Grand Ole Opry.

The history is interesting, the stories entertaining and the pictures delightful.

Armchair Interviews says: The perfect coffee table book for country music fans.
I wouldn't do it again  Dec 26, 2006
The history is watery and thin. There is no virtually history of artists and performers except for the few boilerplate "superstars" i.e. Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Anderson whose bios have been done over and over. You can get as much information about the artists and their history on the Opry webpage.

If you have no knowlege of the Opry, it's a fair general history, but if you're an "opryphile" and you're looking for new information that you've never heard or seen before, pass this one up.

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