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"Country Music" By Dayton Duncan

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This is an encore presentation.

The history of country music begins where country music itself emerged: the American South, where people sang to themselves and to their families at home and in church, and where they danced to fiddle tunes on Saturday nights.

In his newest collaboration with documentarian Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan’s Country Music is the story of the musicians: Hank Williams’s tragic honky tonk life, Dolly Parton rising to fame from a dirt-poor childhood, and Loretta Lynn turning her experiences into songs that spoke to women everywhere. Featuring interviews with the genre’s biggest stars, including the likes of Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks and Rosanne Cash, the book offers a fascinating insight into the music that lies at the very center of the American experience.

Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of Country Music, is the author of twelve other books, including Out West: An American Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail, in which he retraced the historic route of the expedition. He has worked with Ken Burns as a writer and producer of documentary films for nearly thirty years.