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Baseball and Country Music
Don Cusic

A Ray and Pat Browne Book, with the Popular Press imprint

"The two enterprises Baseball and Country Music do indeed contain and exemplify key elements of the American dream of upward mobility."
—Douglas A. Noverr, Michigan State University

The histories of baseball and country music ran in parallel tracks through most of the twentieth century. America's sport and America's music moved from the fringes to the mainstream, gaining exposure and building heroes, first via radio broadcasts and then on the television screen. Both evolved with American society through wartime, the Civil Rights movement, and into the age of multimillion dollar superstars. Don Cusic offers an engaging and insightful analysis that addresses race, gender, class, ethnicity, business practices and marketing, performance, media, and the cult of celebrity.

"Baseball and country music have many historic links. . . . Don Cusic finds these in their lower- or working-class popularity and in their ongoing quests for respectability (which money and success finally brought to both)."—Ronnie Pugh, author of Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour

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Don Cusic is professor of music business at Belmont University as well as a writer and songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of many books on music and popular culture including Cowboys and the Wild West and Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1957–1994.

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Cover is green with a photo of a cowboy hat, baseball, and baseball bat.

LC: 2003007235 GV
192 pp.   6 x 9
ISBN 978-0-87972-857-1
Cloth $29.95 s
ISBN 978-0-87972-858-8
Paper $14.95 t

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