Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music. Mark Zwonitzer, Charles Hirshberg.

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. First edition. Hardcover. First edition, firts printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 417 pp. with index. Illustrated witn photos. The first major biography of the Carter Family, the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly established the sounds and traditions that grew into modern folk, country and bluegrass music. A.P. Carter (1891-1960) was a restless man who traveled around the sparsely setttled mountains and valleys that surrounded his southern Virigia home; he married Sara Dougherty who, orphaned as a child, found comfort in singing the typically melancholy ballads that were part of her nhomeland tradition. A.P., Saram and cousin Maybelle travelled locally to sing and then in 1927 went to Bristol, Tennessee to audition for a New York record executive who was hunting "hillbilly" talent, who offered an amazing fifty dollars per song for any he recorded. These Bristol recording sessions are generally regarded as the "big bang" of country music; by the late 1930s the Carter Family was the most bankable cojuntry music group in the country. This work delves as well into the largely unknown backstory of the Carter Family including the quiet divorce of Sara from A.P. in 1936. Fine / fine. Item #E26671
ISBN: 0684857634

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