How Nashville became Music City, U.S.A. : a history of Music Row, updated and expanded /

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Backbeat Books,, Essex, Connecticut, United States, p.xviii, 406 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00881424, (OCoLC)fst01030641, Country music, Country music., fast, History and criticism., Music trade, Music trade., Tennessee


Includes index.The Roots of Music Row -- The Opry Puts Its Foot Down -- It All Begins with a Song -- Now We Have an Industry! -- When Country Music Almost Died -- Oohs and Aahs -- Saving Country -- Dang Me! -- Crazy -- Homegrown Talent and the Nashville Machine -- The Everly Brothers and the Bryants -- A Pair of Aces -- Rebels and Respect -- Gallico and His Boys -- Strings and Power Saws -- Lou Bradley: Knight of the Console -- "Wesley, It's Music !" -- Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em -- Wanted: Jerry Bradley -- Nashville, Before and After Bowen -- "Man, There's Only Three Chords!" -- "I'm Gonna Cut This Song and I Really Can't Tell You Why" -- The Men of Garth -- From the Alleyway to MCA -- Texas and Oklahoma Song Dogs -- The King of the Independents -- Galante and Tomlinson: Keepin' It Real -- Murder on the Row -- "If It Is Not Known for Music, It Will Not Be Known for Anything" -- Afterword to the Second Edition. Did It Have to Be Like This?"Michael Kosser came to Nashville to write songs in 1971 and enjoyed a songwriting career that included recordings by country stars like George Jones, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Barbara Mandrell, Marty Robbins, The Kendalls, Blake Shelton, and Josh Gracin. He has written twenty published books and was a senior editor at American Songwriter Magazine, where he wrote a column, "Street Smarts," for more than twenty years. Kosser has also written extensively for Variety, the Nashville news media, and various other music publications. He and his wife, Gina, live in Nashville, Tennessee"--