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Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox

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Imagine John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, to a soundtrack of Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra: Three years ago, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Will Bunch heard Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" blaring from a New York City jukebox, and he knew he'd found his calling. He had to find America's Greatest Jukebox.

What he was looking for was
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Hardcover, First Edition, 293 pages
Published August 1994 by St. Martin's Press
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Paul
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a mediocre and over-inflated book, reflecting a minor idea in the hands of an able but not significantly talented journeyman writer. It reaches for the humorous, the reflective, and the profound, but is unable to achieve the desired effects with any frequency or consistency.

Bunch wants desperately to be Bill Bryson, but he lacks Bryson's ability to balance (and more importantly, to recognize) the light-hearted anecdote, the shrewd observation, or the occasional, light profundity. This is
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Brett
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
I was loaned this book by an acquaintance years ago. I read it and then finally bought it again for my own library. It's a good book, but not a great one. Brunch is an able writer he is conversant with music history, but it's never quite clear what he wants to find in his travels.

The idea behind Jukebox America is to discover America's best jukebox. This seems like a great idea for a book, but it is never quite clear what the rules are for this object. Brunch moves from one jukebox to the next w
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Michael Brockley
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Beginning with THESE BOOTS ATE MADE FOR WALKING and concluding with LET'S STAY TOGETHER, William Bunch takes the reader on a quest to find the Jukebox of the Covenant. In do doing, Bunch visits Frank Sinatra's Hoboken, Patsy Cline's Winchester, Virginia and Elvis Presley's...Baltimore. Maryland. Because these cities are or were home to jukeboxes that featured sings by the aforementioned recording artists. Patsy Cline, Bunch informs, is the quintessential jukebox artist. In his travels, the autho ...more
Kristan
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i loved, loved, loved this book. william bunch may be an older, male version of me. He's obsessed with jukeboxes, we have the same birthday, he calls people "believers", and the song that made him decide which jukebox was the "juke of the covenant" was al green's "let's stay together". that is my favorite song of all time and i think i will listen to it right now.

he basically goes on an adventure to random places in america to find the greatest jukebox in america and winds up running into all th
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Peggy L
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love to read exploring journalist books! Not a genre in and of itself, it is an excellant way to be an armchair traveler and share in the explorers passion, in this case, jukeboxes.

Whenever I find a jukebox, more rarely now, I ALWAYS play it. It is part of Americana, it is part of teenage loves and part of any music fan's life as William Bunch shares in this love story.

The enthusism of the author did not wane despite the demise of many of the jukeboxes he found. It is a love story, but sad due
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