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Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City [Format Kindle]

Craig Havighurst

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Started by the National Life and Accident Insurance Company in 1925, WSM became one of the most influential and exceptional radio stations in the history of broadcasting and country music. WSM gave Nashville the moniker "Music City USA" as well as a rich tradition of music, news, and broad-based entertainment. With the rise of country music broadcasting and recording between the 1920s and '50s, WSM, Nashville, and country music became inseparable, stemming from WSM's launch of the Grand Ole Opry, popular daily shows like Noontime Neighbors, and early morning artist-driven shows such as Hank Williams on Mother's Best Flour. _x000B__x000B_Sparked by public outcry following a proposal to pull country music and the Opry from WSM-AM in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and existing sources to document the station's profound effect on the character and self-image of Nashville. Introducing the reader to colorful artists and businessmen from the station's history, including Owen Bradley, Minnie Pearl, Jim Denny, Edwin Craig, and Dinah Shore, the volume invites the reader to reflect on the status of Nashville, radio, and country music in American culture._x000B_

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 322 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0252032578
  • Editeur : University of Illinois Press (6 septembre 2007)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done!! 8 février 2008
Par M. GORMAN - Publié sur Amazon.com
Havighurst has compiled a tremendous amount of information on this subject into a story which comes to life. I can't imagine any one writing a more definitive work on WSM and that era. He has succeeded, for this reader, into making WSM a living, breathing character unto itself within this story. I'm not even a huge country music fan but no matter, Havighurst's storytelling style and obvious passion for telling this story won me over early on. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. He made me feel as if I was right there in the early days of radio, watching and listening as all the early pioneers of the industry shaped the airwaves. Great read for anyone interested in how radio began and evolved and it's impact on not only country music but the world as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bravo "Air Castle!" 24 octobre 2007
Par William B. Knowlton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Just finished Craig Havighurst's magnificent history of WSM. It's a read that you hate to see come to an end.

What a GREAT station WSM was in its golden age which extended into the TV era while other stations of its size threw in the towel and got rid of its live musicians and the stuff that made bigtime radio great.

The book comes to a sad ending--the rash sacking of TNN and Opryland--and I kinda felt like I was finishing the final pages of "Gone With the Wind."

Anybody with an interest in Bluegrass, Country, Nashville, big time radio, the Ryman and/or the roots of country music and broadcasting has to read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Legendary Radio 3 avril 2009
Par Ray Aubrey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Legend, WSM AM 650 is without doubt the greatest radio station that ever existed anywhere. Heard in some 38 states in the evening, WSM has brought millions of hours of listening pleasure to millions of people since 1925. No other radio station even comes close to the programming and content of this great radio station. This book chronicles The Legend from it's infancy to it's prowness in today's radio world. Great reading and information for a true American icon and institution.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great history of the building of Music City 5 janvier 2009
Par Paul Jensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Havighurst traces the history of Nashville's signature broadcaster from the very first utterance, "This is Ward-Belmont, Nashville", to the destruction of Opryland and its replacement by Opry Mills.

You'll read about how one of the most popular broadcasts for a decade was the daily passing of the Pan American passenger train. How all of the local programming was performed live in the studios at Seventh and Union, and how a couple of those shows live on today. Yes, the Grand Ole Opry and Friday Night Opry. You'll read about the Opry from the very beginning, including details about all of its former homes. You'll read how Nashvillians turned their nose at this hillbilly music and how the show survived and thrived despite local indifference. Some wanted to cancel it, but it was just too popular.

Read how a local insurance company turned a small promotional gadget into a media empire, how a man from Oklahoma saved that empire when the insurance company morphed into American General and discarded the entertainment business, and how that empire was nearly destroyed by corporate greed and ineptness.

You'll read how the Ryman escaped the wrecking ball. How the recording industry was born in Nashville by a group of moonlighting radio engineers. The term "Music City" was coined on WSM.

Two radio stations. Nashville's first TV station. Two cable networks. The Ryman Auditorium. The Wildhorse Saloon. The General Jackson. Opry Mills. And of course the beloved Opryland.

It all came from one radio station. The story is amazing. I enjoyed this book, and if you have any interest in learning about the building of Music City, you will too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clear Channel Illuminations 28 janvier 2008
Par Lionel Cartwright - Publié sur Amazon.com
I believe Air Castle of the South is an important book, in that it goes far beyond the history of a musical genre. It sheds light on the mindset of those who first dabbled in a revolutionary new medium. The innocence, curiosity, and zeal of some of radio's brilliantly naive pioneers is painstakingly recorded, as is their evolution from enthusiastic hobbyists to full time broadcasters. But this accessible read is not just a nostalgic indulgence. It's full of insights for the era-changing times we are in now, where the Internet is opening new doors of opportunity for those willing to rethink the why, the what, and the how. As a performing artist who came up through the ranks playing on country music radio shows, including the Opry, Air Castle rekindled my affection for the charm and simplicity of those shows. As someone who grew up listening to a transistor radio in bed late at night with an earphone, it renewed my love of the medium of sound; where the absence of force-fed visual images allows one's imagination to create them in the theater of the mind. Thank you, Craig Havighurst, for this invaluable work. It is clearly a labor of love.
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