Ain't Nothin' as Sweet as my Baby: the Story of Hank Williams' Lost Daughter by Jett Williams with Pamela Thomas.
A country singer chronicles her heritage as the daughter of Bobbie Jett and superstar Hank Williams. Jett traces her childhood--as an infant taken in by a grandmother, placed in foster care, and adopted by an Alabama family at age three. She describes her attempts to establish her identity, to reconcile with siblings, and to claim her share of family estates.
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Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home by Randy Owen ; with Allen Rucker.
Randy Owen, lead singer for the award-winning country-and-western band Alabama, provides an autobiographical account of his life. Owen describes his family's southern heritage, the band's rise to fame and fortune in the 1980s, and the faith and values that have sustained him personally and in his career.
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Chet Atkins: Me and My Guitars by Chet Atkins and Michael Cochran
Autobiography written with longtime friends the Cochran brothers. The guitarist recalls his career, beginning with his early days in Tennessee and Georgia, by focusing on guitars he's had over the years. Describes the evolution of his guitars' construction and includes anecdotes about favorite instruments. Introduction by Jerry Reed.
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Classic Country: Legends of Country Music by Charles K. Wolfe.
The author of A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry (RC 50736) presents more than fifty portraits of past and present country music notables, based largely on interviews and recollections. Includes obscure performers and studio musicians as well as such stars as Hank Snow and Roy Acuff.
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Coming Home to Myself by Wynonna Judd with Patsi Bale Cox.
Autobiography of award-winning country singer. Recalls her impoverished childhood and her sudden success singing duets with her mom, Naomi, who wrote Love Can Build a Bridge (RC 37934). Wynonna describes her personal and professional life and her continuing efforts to improve mentally, spiritually, and physically.
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Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton.
Parton, born on January 19, 1946, in a one-room cabin in East Tennessee, was the fourth child in a family that would eventually number twelve children. Parton discusses her early years, especially her schooling and love for music; the strong ties that kept the family together; her relationship with her best friend Judy Ogle; her rise to fame in Nashville; and her marriage of twenty-eight years to Carl Dean.
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The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson.
Popular singer/songwriter's reflections on what is and what is not important in his life. In his collection of jokes, memories, and song lyrics (often raunchy and politically incorrect), Nelson ruminates on the stock market, sports endorsements, and his favorite biblical lines. Some strong language.
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From the Heart by June Carter Cash.
An eccentric, winning memoir by the wife of singer Johnny Cash, herself an entertainer from a famous Grand Ole Opry family. She tells her story episodically in some forty vignettes with a grass-roots poetry. The author's main themes are love, marriage, family, friends, careers, and God.
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Hank Williams, So Lonesome by Bill Koon.
Biography of country singer Hank Williams (1923-1953) who wrote over one hundred songs including "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "Lovesick Blues." From interviews with family, friends, and band members, Koon documents Williams's rise from Depression-era Alabama to Nashville stardom and examines the mystery surrounding his death.
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Honky Tonk Angel: the Intimate Story of Patsy Cline by Ellis Nassour.
Biography portrays Patsy Cline (1932-1963) as the first female country singer to cross over into pop music. From interviews with Cline's family and friends, Nassour details the performer's trailblazing career, dynamic relationships, and untimely death in a plane crash. Foreword by Dottie West. Some strong language.
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It's All About Him: Finding the Love of my Life by Denise Jackson with Ellen Vaughn
Autobiography of the wife of country music superstar Alan Jackson describes marrying Alan, her Georgia high-school sweetheart, and recounts his slow rise to fame. Reveals that the breakup of her marriage seventeen years and three children later led her to a reconciliation and new relationship with God. Foreword by Alan Jackson.
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Johnny Cash: the Biography by Michael Streissguth.
Author uses archives and interviews to document the life of the country-western singer Johnny Cash (1932-2003). Traces Cash's childhood as the son of an impoverished Arkansas sharecropper, his musical rise in 1950s Memphis after a stint in the air force, and his family life.
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Live Fast, Love Hard: the Faron Young Story by Diane Diekman.
Biography of honky-tonk singer Faron Young (1932-1996) traces his forty-year career that culminated in his posthumous 2000 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Includes insights from Young's family and colleagues revealing his abusive side and discusses the history of country music. Strong language.
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Lovesick Blues: the life of Hank Williams by Paul Hemphill.
Biography of country and western singer Hiram "Hank" Williams (1923-1953). The author, a southern native and longtime fan, traces Williams's life from birth in Depression-era rural Alabama to death at age twenty-nine. Describes his alcoholism, health and family problems, and rise to fame playing at honkytonks. Some strong language.
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Man in Black by Johnny Cash.
In this candid autobiography, legendary country-western singer Johnny Cash revisits the "good and bad times" of his life and career. Describes his rural Arkansas childhood, older brother Jack's death, seven nightmarish years of drug addiction, marriage to June Carter, and the faith in God he ultimately found.
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A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck by Trace Adkins ; with Keith and Kent Zimmerman.
Country-and-western singer and runner-up on Donald Trump's television show Celebrity Apprentice explains his philosophy of life. Describes his small-town upbringing and discusses his love of singing, beginning in church choirs and culminating with success in Nashville. Advocates traditional values, personal responsibility, and hard work. Some strong language.
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Rhinestone Cowboy: an autobiography by Glen Campbell with Tom Carter.
Campbell recalls his rise from an impoverished Arkansas childhood through working as an on-demand studio musician to becoming a recording star in the 1960s and hosting his own television show in the 1970s. He discusses the negative impact of drugs, alcohol, and womanizing on his life and the spiritual rebirth that ultimately saved him.
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Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music by Dana Jennings.
New York Times editor explains the ways the classic country music of the 1950s to 1970s resonated with the rural, working-class lives of his New Hampshire family and neighbors. Discusses legendary musicians like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn and their effect on audiences. Strong language.
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Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette, with Joan Dew.
Country-western singer's memories of her rise to stardom from the obscurity of a tar-paper shack in rural Mississippi. Wynette recalls her five marriages, including one to fellow performer George Jones; her children; physical and emotional problems; and the tragedies she has had to cope with.
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The Statler Brothers: Random Memories by Harold Reid and Don Reid.
Memoir by brothers Harold and Don Reid who, along with some teenage friends, formed a country and gospel quartet in 1950s Staunton, Virginia. They recall their rise to fame as Johnny Cash's opening act, their tours with other stars, their long-running television show, and the inspiration behind their hits.
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Still Woman Enough: a Memoir by Loretta Lynn with Patsi Bale Cox.
Country singer continues her autobiography begun in Coal Miner's Daughter (RC 47599). Includes reminiscences of her career and friendship with Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, and other entertainers; her stormy marriage to her late husband, Doolittle Lynn; and her relationships with her children. Some strong language.
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Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen by Jimmy McDonough.
Biography of Tammy Wynette (1942-1998), the first country-music performer to go platinum. Discusses Wynette's Mississippi childhood, her five marriages, and her work as a recording artist. Examines the health problems that led to her decades-long drug addiction and premature death. Some strong language.
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Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: the Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music by Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg.
Life and times of country music's legendary Carter family, from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Chronicles the commercial success of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and sister-in-law Maybelle during the 1930s and the subsequent careers of Maybelle and her daughters after the breakup of the original band. Some strong language.
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Willie Nelson: an Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski.
Biography of Willie Nelson (born 1933), a country-and-western singer/songwriter from Texas, who began writing and performing songs as a child. Chronicles Nelson's career and first success in 1961 when Patsy Cline sang his song "Crazy." Discusses his colleagues, marriages, and social causes. Some strong language.
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