10th out of 11 books — 3 voters
Dreaming Out Loud: Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes, And The Changing Face Of Nashville
by Bruce Feiler (Goodreads Author)
Country music has exploded across the U.S. and undergone a sweeping revolution, transforming the once ridiculed world of Nashville into an unlikely focal point of American pop culture. Bruce Feiler was granted unprecedented access to the private moments of the revolution. Here is the acclaimed report: a chronicle of the genre's biggest stars as they change the face of Amer...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 6th 1999 by Harper Perennial
(first published 1998)
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This book was surprisingly interesting and riveting despite my lack of interest in the subject matter. Probably most fascinating was the discussion of country's evolution, and the corresponding evolution of the relationship between the fans and the musicians, that was probably most revelatory for me.
Although a decade old, "Dreaming Out Loud" is still intriguing for revealing the mix of creativity, business, entertainment, soul-satisfaction and even a joy of music that engines Nashville and country. It reflects the lives of Garth, Wynonna and Wade Hayes in alternating chapters at a time Garth was peaking, Wynonna was finding her truth and solo voice and Wade Hayes was the young bang (and in his 2010 CD he still has that beautiful deep voice of natural country). Feiler also profiles the produ...more
If Anthony hadn't recommended this 90s country history so enthusiastically, I would definitely have put it down when the author reminisces about making love to the sounds of a Garth Brooks CD. I'm glad I didn't, though - the stories were good enough to overlook the slight preciousness of the writing.
I loved this book for its glimpse of the Nashville music scene in the 1990s. It's starting to look like history now, but it's a good read--especially for its examination of how "country" music has migrated, with America, to the suburbs. The description of what used to be called "Fan Fair" is great.
BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the “This Life” column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series “Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming “Sacred Journeys with...moreMore about Bruce Feiler...