Three for Thursday – Tennessee Edition

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Since I remain surrounded by music and BBQ, I feel compelled to offer three books about music, more specifically country music. One thing that becomes very clear after a few days in the south, is the tremendous impact that this distinctive style of music has had on American culture.

All three of these books provide excellent introductions to the roots of rock and roll, and the two biographies of Elvis will help young people understand why John Lennon said, “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”

Honky Tonk Heroes & Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country and Western Music by Holly George-Warren (ages 8-12)

All Shook Up: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Barry Denenberg (ages 12 and over)

Up Close: Elvis Presley by Wilborn Hampton (ages 12 and over)

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