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Bill C. Malone (Author)
Born:  August 25, 1934

About The Author

From the first paragraph of the June 2018 issue of Texas Monthy written by Andy Langer.

At 83, Bill C. Malone sees his doctoral dissertation as the gift that keeps on giving. In 1965 he offered up an unorthodox treatise to the University of Texas at Austinís history department: a thoroughly researched account of country musicís origins and development, from its roots in Southern folk traditions through early incarnations of Nashvilleís Music Row. Three years later, UT Press published it as Country Music USA, and subsequent editions of the book have been taught in university courses ever since.

He was asked in that 2018 interview what he hoped newer artists in his updated edition would learn a bit more about the artists at the beginning of his book.

I sure do. Thereís still so little sense of history in country music. Iíve been sort of an unofficial consultant to the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, part of a group of people making suggestions about the pioneers. You can tell, when you throw out a name like Bradley Kincaid, the Kentucky Mountain Boy, that [the selection committee] has never heard of him. They mostly havenít heard of anybody prior to Hank Williams. So when they add new people to the Hall of Fame, it tends to be the ones who made relatively recent contributions. I just wish there was more historical consciousness.

He is the original host of a radio show called "Back to the Country." His facebook page previews each show's theme. The weekly show has a rotating set of hosts with Bill and Bobbie Malone hosting the 4th week.

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Bill Clifton America's Bluegrass Ambassador to the World
By Bill C. Malone
University of Illinois Press
2016
184 Pages
ISBN:  978-0252082009
 



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Country Music U.S.A
By Bill C. Malone
University of Texas Press
1985
562 Pages
ISBN:  0-292-71095-X
 



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Don't Get Above Your Raisin'
Country Music and the Southern Working Class
By Bill C. Malone
University of Illinois Press
2002
432 Pages
ISBN:  252026780
 



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Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers: Southern Culture and the Roots of Country Music
By Bill C. Malone, Wayne Mixon
University of Georgia Press
1993
155 Pages
ISBN:  0-82032-378-0
 



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Working Girl Blues
The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens
By Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone
University of Illinois Press
2008
120 Pages
ISBN:  0-25207-549-8
 



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Stars of Country Music, Uncle Dave Macon to Johnny Rodriguez
By Bill C. Malone, Judith McCulloh, Editors
University of Illinois Press
1975
476 Pages
ISBN:  0-252-00527-9
 



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Sing Me Back Home: Southern Roots and Country Music
By Bill C. Malone
University of Oklahoma Press
2017
368 Pages
ISBN:   978-0806155869
 



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Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts: The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Story
By Bill C. Malone
University of Oklahoma Press
2020
232 Pages
ISBN:  978-0806164861
 



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Music from the True Vine: Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey
By Bill C. Malone
University of North Carolina Press
2014
256 Pages
ISBN:  978-1469621982
 



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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 12: Music
By Bill C. Malone
University of North Carolina Press
2009
448 Pages
ISBN:  978-0807859087
 



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Country Music USA: 50th Anniversary Edition
By Bill C. Malone
University of Texas Press
2018
768 Pages
ISBN:  978-1477315354
 

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