Willie Nelson Writes in: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

The Nashville Scene, posted this information about the book, at http://www.nashvillescene.com, by Lacey Galbraith

Panel Discussion/Book Signing
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville
6 p.m. Jan. 18

Another year, another history of country music. This time, however, it’s courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the editors—Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash—are two highly regarded authorities in the field of country music. Plus, over 40 other writers and scholars participate as well. Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, (DK Publishing and the Country Music Foundation Inc., 360 pp., $40) has an encyclopedic feel—but not the accompanying dry writing.

Willie Nelson penned the forward; there’s information on the contribution of African Americans, and a subsequent prologue includes personal reminiscences from artists like Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride and Vince Gill. And if ever there was a time to judge a book by looks alone, this is it. Hatch Show Print’s Jim Sherraden designed the book’s cover and the artwork for each chapter. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened up its archives, and every page includes photographs and images of costumes and other memorabilia. In an afterward, Hall of Fame director Kyle Young calls Will the Circle Be Unbroken  “the most comprehensive sampling ever of our museum’s treasures.”

Sidebars provide timelines, profiles, historical background and top 10 recommendations from industry veterans like Brenda Lee (who includes the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in her list of favorite singles). One of the best selections is from Rosanne Cash: “Why I Don’t Love the Music Business—and Why I’m Still in It.” The piece reveals the editors’ attempts to defy the typical, making what could have been a safe and stale recounting of country music something comprehensive and beautiful instead.

Lynne Bachleda, Paul Kingsbury, Alanna Nash, Jay Orr and Jim Sherraden discuss and sign Will the Circle Be Unbroken at Davis-Kidd Booksellers at 6 p.m. Jan. 18.

http://www.nashvillescene.com is a great website, you can spend hours there.  Lots of reviews and information about all the good things in life:  music, books, good stuff


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