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Overview 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.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon by Colin Escott & Brenda Colladay has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 679
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 91
Library Journal - 11/01/2006
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 7.37" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.84 lbs.
Release Date Nov 9, 2006
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 1931722862 ISBN13 9781931722865
Availability 0 units.
More About Colin Escott & Brenda Colladay
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon?
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 et.al. 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.