Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway: Art and Trash in American Popular Music / Edition 1
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Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway: Art and Trash in American Popular Music / Edition 1

Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway: Art and Trash in American Popular Music / Edition 1

by Colin Escott
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It's the real stories, not the publicists' confections, that concern Colin Escott. We hear Perry Como's story in his own words: it wasn't all smooth. We learn about the astonishing twists and turns in Roy Orbison's life, and the stories behind the songs we know so well. And we go down with Vernon Oxford, the last great honky tonk singer, who came to Nashville just a little too late. These are stories for anyone who loves what Escott calls "little songs from great sorrows." They will fascinate even the most casual fan of popular music, and they're told here in sympathetic, engaging, and illuminating prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415937825
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/26/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Colin Escott lives outside of Nashville, TN. He is the author of Tattooed on Their Tongues: Journeys through the Backrooms of American Music and Hank Williams: The Biography, and coauthor of Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway, and Good Rockin' Tonight: The Sun Records Story. He has annotated over 500 recordings, and has won numerous awards for his writing, including a Grammy for historic documentation and an Lifetime Achievement Award from the ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the history of recorded sound.


New Orleans, Louisiana

Date of Birth:

July 26, 1959

Place of Birth:

Possum Trot, Alabama


Attended Jacksonville State University for six months in 1970; attended Harvard University, 1992-1993

Table of Contents

Part One: The Smoother Side of Town
1. Roy Orbison: Starlight lit my Lonesomeness
2. Perry Como: R.I.P.
3. Patty Page: Oklahoma Blues
Part Two: Labor
4. Jim Reeves: Say "Yes" to Rugs
5. Mitch Torok: When Mexican Joe Gave Up the Rumba
6. Ned Miller: From a Jack to a King
Part Three: Town Hall Party
7. Skeets McDonald: You Oughta See Grandma Rock
8. Wynn Stewart: Not Such a Pretty World
9. Wanda Jackson: Did She or Didn't She
10. The Collins Kids: Brokenhearted Ricky
Part Four: Memphis, Sun Records, June 1957
11. Sonny Burgess: The Wild Man at 70
12. Ed Bruce: Mammas Don't let your Rock Boppin' Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
13. Onie Wheeler: Onie's Unlikely Bop Postscript
14. Vernon Oxford: Too Country for Country

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