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Country Music
The Encyclopedia
By Irwin Stambler & Grelun Landon
St. Martin's Press
708 Pages
ISBN:  0-312-26487-9

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This completely revised and updated edition of Irwin Stambler and Grelun Landon's landmark encyclopedia of country music isn't limited to pure country anymore; in fact, its broad range covers country, country rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, country gospel, honky-tonk, western swing, cowboy (and cowgirl!) singers, and more! And unlike other encyclopedias, Country Music: The Encyclopedia is more than just a list of names and dates. It's the most personal country music reference book there is, filled with original, first-person interviews with stars young and old, from Garth Brooks to Patsy Cline. And in addition to the entries, 75 perscent of which are new or substantially revised, there is a series of indexes that allows you to reference song titles, album titles, performers, and types of music—as well as anything else that interests you in a general subject index—that makes Country Music: The Encyclopedia the greatest book of its kind.

Country Music: The Encyclopedia contains:

  • Complete awards information, year by year
  • Scores of photos of the hottest stars
  • A complete set of indexes—by performer, by song and album title, and general subject index—that no other country encyclopedia offers
  • Irwin Stambler and Grelun Landon's previous editions of this book were entitled The Encyclopedia of Folk, Country and Western Music (SMP, 1969, 1982, hardcover; 1984, trade paperback). Both Stambler and Landon live and work in Los Angeles.


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