New York: Stein and Day, Publishers, 1977. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's red cloth over black textured paper-covered boards, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"I had wanted to explore the darker areas of country music's history, not its current popularity: to write a book for those who were interested more in where country music came from and what it was than in what it had become lately." First edition of Rolling Stone critic and biographer Nick Tosches's first book, a wide-ranging survey on country music in America. Rather than a conventional chronological study, Tosches's debut explores the genesis of the genre by blending interviews, archives, manuscripts, reportage, and images for broader context. In-depth portraits of several central figures include George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Emmett Miller, Hank Williams, and more. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and reproductions; with index. Tiny split to tail of spine; unclipped dust jacket with a few small nicks. Near fine. Item #2355