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Free e-Book of A Brief History of Country

January 17th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have brought my History of Country series under one roof, with a few edits, in an illustrated eBook (well, a booklet, really) in PDF format, titled A Brief History of Country.

Please feel free to pass it on in good conscience or to link to it on your website: while I assert my copyright for the text, the eBook is completely free. The more people read it and, I hope, gain enough of an understanding of the genre so that they will never call it “Country & Western” again, or say “yee haw, pardner”, the more they will appreciate the wealth of country.

And because everybody likes music, I am also posting a complete recording of the Grand Ole Opry radio show of 28 December 1940. It features Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Paul Womack and the Gully Jumpers, Ford Rush and somebody called Brother Oswald. I obtained it on a site that had huge amounts of old radio shows; alas, I have lost the link.

Download A Brief History of Country eBook

Download Grand Ole Opry – Dec. 28, 1940 (PW in comments)

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  1. halfhearteddude
  2. Bo
    January 17th, 2013 at 09:32 | #2

    thanks a lot

  3. Curtis
    January 17th, 2013 at 17:48 | #3

    The file that dl’s is a 34k file that won’t open in reader.

  4. halfhearteddude
    January 17th, 2013 at 20:35 | #4

    Curtis, open the link in a new window, and download the file from there.

  5. deruf
    January 17th, 2013 at 21:18 | #5

    This is great – thank you!

  6. Birgit
    January 18th, 2013 at 14:15 | #6

    Thanks for enlightenment and effort. I loved to read it (again), although it’s not my favorite kind of music.

  7. skip
    January 20th, 2013 at 21:38 | #7

    Nice work!

  8. January 22nd, 2013 at 23:46 | #8

    Downloading now and looking forward to it very much. Thanks!

  9. Rob Kendrew
    February 1st, 2013 at 12:22 | #9

    Link appears to be broken….

  10. halfhearteddude
    February 1st, 2013 at 18:58 | #10

    The filehoster seems to be down. Not dead, I hope. I’ll re-up it if it’s still dead tomorrow.

    EDIT: The link is working again.

  11. inthealley
    March 27th, 2013 at 12:48 | #11

    You are an absolute star and a very generous one too!!

  12. March 27th, 2013 at 15:44 | #12

    Thanks for this– I’ve enjoyed reading it piecemeal, and learned a lot. I used to think that I didn’t like country music, but I was wrong– there is so much great music in the genre that only a chump would continue to express dislike after having been exposed to it.

  13. halfhearteddude
    March 28th, 2013 at 07:35 | #13

    Bill, that comment made my day. As did inthealley’s.

    Feel free to distribute the eBook (preferably by linking to the post, but I have no problem if you copy it on somebody’s drive or e-mail it or whatever).

  14. April 9th, 2013 at 21:17 | #14

    as a thank you, 100 cds of country radio hits

  15. April 13th, 2013 at 09:27 | #15

    also, through my site, a backup of all the history files in one go

  16. joel
    April 23rd, 2013 at 00:04 | #16

    Hans, you just can’t catch a break, can you? Do you have another link for the backup? I missed a couple volumes.

  17. April 23rd, 2013 at 17:05 | #17

    dear joel, pls send me a mail at
    telling me which vols you are missing
    and ill re up them for you,
    contrary to popular belief, i am not the person people tell you i am
    ,see my blog

  18. halfhearteddude
    March 31st, 2014 at 13:45 | #18

    New link is up.

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