San Antonio Rose: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BOB WILLS (Music in American Life)

San Antonio Rose: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BOB WILLS (Music in American Life)In What Was Clearly A Labor Of Love, Townsend Has Produced A Thoroughly Entertaining Book, Which Is Important Both As A Biography And As A Study Of Popular Culture Townsend Interviewed Over 200 People, Including Wills Himself, Listened To Every Known Recording And Transcription Of Wills S Music, And Seems To Have Examined Just About Every Piece Of Written Material That Is Available On The Subject It Is Doubtful That Anyone Will Ever Write A Complete Or Accurate Account Of Wills And His Music Bill C Malone, Journal Of American History

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  • Paperback
  • 498 pages
  • San Antonio Rose: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BOB WILLS (Music in American Life)
  • Charles Townsend
  • English
  • 01 February 2018
  • 9780252013621

10 thoughts on “San Antonio Rose: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BOB WILLS (Music in American Life)

  1. says:

    4.5 stars, rounded up Growing up, I knew my Pawpaw Kyzer liked Bob Wills and I did not get it AT ALL It wasn t until I was into my 20s that I started to like Bob Wills and Western swing Stay a Little Longer is completely seriously and unironically one of my favorite songs Reading this and learning about how Wills essentially took jazz and blues and folk and decided to mix it all up to create a new genre was so inspiring to me and made me go listen to all my old recordings of the Playboys, wishing I could just sit and listen to them with my Pawpaw and tell him all about who I ve become as a person and musician and listen to him tell me stories of the good old days of hearing Bob and his band I recognize this...

  2. says:

    Great book about this giant of Texas music.

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book It might be one of my all time favorites Not only was it well written and researched, it truly captured the spirit of Bob Wills, his music, and his influence I am so grateful I took the time to read this book.

  4. says:

    Lovers of western swing owe a debt of gratitude to musicologist Charles Townsend, who spent many years collecting material for this wonderful biography of Bob Wills In addition to many interviews with Bob and Betty Wills in the years 1971 73 before his death, Townsend talked at length to scores of people who worked with Wills and remembered him.The great achievement of the book is its warm appreciation of Wills and his Texas Playboys and its evocation of a swath of 20th century social history, while standing also as a sound work of research Each chapter is followed by pages of footnotes that cite his sources there are 200 photographs of Bob and the many bands, right up to the final reunion and the book ends with a 30 page discography, with details of every recording session from 1929 1973 The 19 page index also makes it an excellent reference book.Townsend argues that Wills created a unique form of popular music by mixing instruments associated with both country music and jazz strings on the one hand and drums, brass, and reeds on the other He notes how Wills distinctive style was a blend of frontier fiddle music, New Orleans Dixieland, and blues learned as a boy picking cotton with black field laborers Not exactly country, and certainly not hillbilly though he was often identified as such by recording marketers who seemed seldom to understand him Wills often emulated the big swing bands of the 1930s and 40s ...

  5. says:

    One of the best music biographies I have read This book captures everything you could want Wills personality, his times, his innovations, the achievements of his band, the truth of his personal life, his widespread influence, his great personality traits, etc While many other books get sidetracked on their subject, Townsend firmly understands he is writing a book on Bob Wills Not Bob Wills ...

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