In the beautifully illustrated and elaborate Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, co-published by The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, editors Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash aim for both scope and specificity. Though they devote considerable space to the commercial aspects of the genre, the book's expert contributors (including BookPage reviewer Ed Morris) also evaluate and ponder artistic issues and controversies. They contrast country's broad idiomatic frontiers with the often more rigid tastes, interests and opinions of its core constituency (the white working class) and provide details about country's recording practices, hit records and most popular artists. With stunning photographs and reflections by country superstars, this is a work that won't alienate scholars or intimidate novices or general fans.

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