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Are You Ready For The Country
by Peter Doggett (Goodreads Author)
Country Rock, as played by the Byrds, the Eagles, and The Flying Burrito Brothers, was the dominant style in American music during the 1970s. But the artistically fertile relationship between rock and country music has--since their first encounter in the 1950s--been uneasy and often explosive.
(first published April 26th 2001)
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Jul 04, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Peter Doggett's Are You Ready for the Country takes its title from a Neil Young song, but focuses more on the influence of Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons and various members of The Byrds on the genre that became known as country rock. The lengthy book is divided into three parts of differing quality. The most interesting is the first part which focuses on the decade starting in 1966 and particularly the country influence that Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and, later, Gram Parsons brought to the sound of Th ...more
Fairly informative. In the late 60s the electric folk music of the Byrds met the Grand Ole Opry. As a genre, music criticism usually degenerates rather quickly into a monotonous repetition of names and studio sessions. I swear Hank Williams is mentioned every other paragraph. Pretty enjoyable read if you're a fan of country/rock music. A lot on Gram Parsons, whom I'm not really a fan. Wished there had been more on the early 50s blues and rockabilly pioneered by Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Ike Tur ...more
As if I needed any more info in my crusade to burn The Eagles at the stake. Treated to wondrous stories and insight into many of alt-country's forgotten troubadours, it also slaps the Eagles and their brand across the face for the out-and-out copying of a sound and genre they neglected and now re-embrace for capitalism's sake.
Encyclopedic with regard to the information presented, this history of alt.county and/or country rock is a staggering read of who's who, who did what and when, as well as how and to what effect. Not for the faint of heart and only for those obsessed with details the rest of us would otherwise ignore.
Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon, a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles’ Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? an ...moreMore about Peter Doggett...