Backlist to Promote with Ken Burns’ “Country Music” PBS Documentary

By Candice Chaplin | August 26 2019 | NonfictionBest in CategoryPromo Opportunity

This September, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan tell the story of Country Music in an 8-part PBS series Burns calls “as good if not the best we’ve ever done.” American history as much as the history of a musical genre, the documentary will reinvigorate fans of country music and have them looking for more stories. This backlist collection of top sellers in the genre includes biographies and memoirs of the greatest country musicians of all time, from George Jones to Jewel to Willie Nelson and more.

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Johnny Cash
The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
An illustrated biography of Johnny Cash that tells his life story through never-before-seen personal photographs and memorabilia from the Cash family
$40.00 US
Oct 30, 2018
Smithsonian Books

Waging Heavy Peace
A Hippie Dream
The iconic rock star's New York Times bestselling follow-up to Waging Heavy Peace that "reads like a great Neil Young song plays." (The Buffalo News)
$21.00 US
Jul 30, 2013
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Tao of Willie
A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart
Born in small-town Texas during the Great Depression, Willie Nelson was raised to believe in helping his neighbors and living without pretense. After many hardscrabble years as a poorly paid songwriter (often watching his work become a gold mine for other performers), Willie finally found his own voice—the gentle but unmistakably honest sound that has made him an American icon. Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. Featuring vignettes from each chapter of his seventy-plus years (along with plenty of his favorite jokes), The Tao of Willie captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of "Willie wisdom" takes us from his roadhouse days, when he united redneck rockers with straitlaced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. In the spirit of his fellow Texan Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, Willie's timeless insights sparkle with clarity: It's like having a one-on-one conversation with the sage himself.
$15.00 US
May 10, 2007

Chinaberry Sidewalks
A Memoir
In a tender and uproarious memoir that is reminiscent of Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin', country music star Rodney Crowell reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of a dirt-poor southeast Texas boyhood.
$16.95 US
Mar 13, 2012