Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

Book - 2012
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University of Texas Press

From his formative years playing pure, hardcore honky-tonk for mid-'80s Los Angeles punk rockers through his subsequent surge to the top of the country charts, Dwight Yoakam has enjoyed a singular career. An electrifying live performer, superb writer, and virtuosic vocalist, he has successfully bridged two musical worlds that usually have little use for each other—commercial country and its alternative/Americana/roots-rocking counterpart. Defying the label "too country for rock, too rock for country," Yoakam has triumphed while many of his peers have had to settle for cult acceptance. Four decades into his career, he has sold more than 25 million records and continues to tour regularly, with an extremely loyal fan base.

In Dwight Yoakam, award-winning music journalist Don McLeese offers the first musical biography of this acclaimed artist. Tracing the seemingly disparate influences in Yoakam's music, McLeese shows how he has combined rock and roll, rockabilly, country, blues, and gospel into a seamless whole. In particular, McLeese explores the essential issue of "authenticity" and how it applies to Yoakam, as well as to country music and popular culture in general. Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with Yoakam and his management, while also benefitting from the perspectives of others closely associated with his musical success (including producer-guitarist Pete Anderson, Yoakam's partner throughout his most popular and creative decades), Dwight Yoakam pays tribute to the musician who has established himself as a visionary beyond time, an artist who could title an album Tomorrow's Sounds Today and deliver it.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the musical life of the country star who has made a career of blending disparate influences, drawing on interviews to explore his authenticity and success as an artist.

Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780292723818
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 MCL
Characteristics: viii, 221 p. ;,21 cm.


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Sep 04, 2012

It’s not an uncritical “fan book” but neither is it an academic analysis of Dwight Yoakam's music and place in the context of the country music business from the mid-80's to current. I enjoyed the book. A book for musicians and those keenly interested in popular music and culture, but not a book for the general reading public.

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