Music critic Michael Corcoran profiles 32 pioneering Texas musicians, including Ernest Tubb, Archie Bell and the Drells, Sly Stone, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, Selena, Waylon Jennings, and the Butthole Surfers....
|Title||:||All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music|
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All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music Reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. First of all some of the musicians I have heard about or listen to already. Some like Janis Joplin I did not know that she grew up in Texas or even some of the struggles that she went through, so I can understand why she left to California the bay area and the way some of her music was. The author takes you through Jazz, Blues, rock, gospel, country, hip-hop, and conjunto. But it was finding out about King Curtis, Ella Mae, Arizona Dranes, Cindy Walker, Washington Philips, Billy Joe Shiver to just name a few I had never heard of. But pick up this book and look for some of the people that are mentioned in this book because all of them have some way been part of music history. Blind Willie Johnson lead to so many blues players along with T- Bone Walker, who are both in the book and Walker who wrote a great blues song “Stormy Monday”, also influenced B.B King. There are others of course Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Selena. Anyway you get what I am trying to say about this book. It is a very good book and a must read for any music fan. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
Texas Music is as big, bold and diverse as the Lone Star State itself. And it sounds implausible that one book could possibly do justice to the deep, rich and complex history of Texas Music. But that is the miracle of "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music." This single volume does for Texas Music what no book has done before: It reveals the breathtaking history of the women and men from disparate backgrounds, communities and traditions who made the Music -- their Music -- for which Texas is known. I had the pleasure of reading the first edition of this book in 2006. That was a very good book. And I enjoyed it. The author is a thorough historian and a magnificent story teller. Very few non-fiction writers are as enjoyable to read as Michael Corcoran. And everything that made the earlier edition terrific is present here. But this new edition for 2017 is much more than an update. The name may be the same, but this is a new book with additional histories and incredible features. If you liked the previous edition you will love the new one. "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music" is outstanding.I recommend this extraordinary book without hesitation or reservation to anyone interested in Texas, Music or American History. It very well may be the best Texas Music history book ever written. (Here is my review of the 2005 edition of this great read: "Michael Corcoran is one of the greatest writers of all time. Hands down, bar none, he's one of the greats. His skills are on display in this essential history of Texas music. And, on top of that, he shares his personal list of the forty greatest Texas songs of all time AND the twenty-five essential CDs for Texas music fans. I don't entirely agree with either list. But I won't argue too vehemently with Corcoran, either. He knows his stuff." )
All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music by Michael CorcoranThirty-two profiles of texas musicians, basically a collection of some of Corcoran's articles from various publications. Corcoran has an interest and eye for overlooked and forgotten musicians, but this collection also includes some icons, as well. It's not comprehensive--it's not meant to be an encyclopedia or comprehensive overview and there are plenty of legends that are not covered at all. However everyone it includes is important, so, in a way, it does provide something of an overview. This is really a gem of a book, imo. Corcoran’s profiles are brief, but he has an eye for the telling detail and the salient fact. The profiles of the well-known artists are not full-scale bios, but hone in on specific moments or aspects of their lives.Corcoran comes to texas music as an outsider, he didn’t know much about it before he moved to Austin in 84. This is to his benefit, he is able to approach a lot of this material with a freshness and perspective that can be difficult for those who are much closer to it.My favorite profiles are those of the more obscure artists and those that involved a little sleuthing: Rebert Harris, Harry Choates, Washington Phillips (which features a case of mistaken identity), Arizona Dranes, Blind Willie Johnson. In no particular order, some other favorites: Gatemouth Brown, DJ Screw, Cindy Walker, Butthole Surfers, Billy Joe Shaver, Selena and Lydia Mendoza, Steve Jordan. Unlike so many other books about musicians, it’s not just the research or facts that make this interesting, Corcoran is an excellent writer and excels at the brief profile.
This is actually a 2017 second edition of the anthology published in 2005. It includes 15 additional artists. A few have been dropped without explanation (I remember pieces on Blind Willie Johnson and Washington Phillips were in the first edition, though I loaned my copy and never got it back, so I cannot compare the two editions). The second edition is a very good, though not exhaustive coverage of Texas music in the later half of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although some of the write-ups have an amateurish, fanzine quality, and some appear t have been hastily edited (for example, several pieces mention sidemen or others late in the piece only by last name, suggesting an earlier, full mention in the piece; however, re-reading the piece disclosed no mention). But, overall, a good read.
Highly recommended! The pieces are mostly brief, but they're written with passion, humor, and intelligence, and any book that educates the general reader on Blaze Foley, Washington Phillips, Steve Jordan, and Arizona Dranes belongs on a music lover's shelf. Unfortunately, I bought mine used from the Houston Public Library....
This had some interesting stuff in it, particularly the chapter on Washington Phillips.
I was familiar with Michael Cochoran's work at the Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. I believe he has found his place in the world as a music historian rather than a music critic. The Austin of the past that we both knew (I moved there in 1975) is long gone, and at least those memories have been collected by Michael and other writers like Ed Ward. I would like to read a book about the current musicians in Texas, but I don't think Michael Cochoran will be the person to write that book.