the Origins of Country and Western Style
Like the fancy cowboys whose stories it tells, this book is over the top with glitz and sparkle. The country stars in Hollywood in the 30’s and 40’s, along with their tailors, set the standard for country and western fashion today. The book has many rare, never-before-published photos which are left uninterrupted by captions or copy, with every photo annotated in the back. It’s not just a straight narrative, it’s an oral history collection from the hillbillies themselves. You can jump in wherever you like and read what Buck Owens had to say on the subject of sound quality (“the amps weren’t loud so our clothes had to be”) or Roy Rogers on playing large venues (“I got him to put more and more rhinestones on the clothes. I’d light up the whole arena”).