The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press $49.95, 0195116712), edited by Paul Kingsbury, provides readers a complete education in country music not to mention hours of delicious browsing. There are biographies of approximately 1,000 country performers (most with a citation of representative recordings); entries covering musical sub-types, major musical instruments, and historically important radio and television shows; and scholarly essays on costuming, songwriting, touring, musical roots, the rise of Music Row, and the influence of phonograph records. Among the book's many invaluable appendices are lists of the best-selling country albums of all time, the most-performed songs, members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, and Grammy and Country Music Association award winners. The work is illustrated with hundreds of photos 150 of them in color. Researched and written by a team of 137 scholars and well-credentialed journalists, this is an essential reference on an increasingly popular art form.