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Improbable Rise Redneck Rock

Reid, Jan.
The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock.
Photographs by Melinda Wickman.
Austin: Heidelberg Publishers, 1974. 1st edition. 342 pages.
Hardcover with dustjacket. The book has minor shelfwear to the bottom edges.
The dustjacket has a few nicks but is fully intact. Overall, both are VERY GOOD. $125

The story about the musical magic that descended upon Austin Texas. Was the magic-making music progressive country, cosmic cowboy, country rock, western swing, blues, bluegrass, outlaw country or all of the above? There was an amazing array of talent – for example (and listed alphabetically) Marcia Ball, Bobby Bridger, Steven Fromholz, Janis Joplin, Delbert McClinton, Michael Martin Murphy, Willie Nelson, Willis Alan Ramsey, Doug Sahm, Billy Joe Shaver, B.W. Stevenson, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rusty Weir and others. There were also iconic venues such as Armadillo World Headquarters, Broken Spoke, Chequered Flag, Elephant Room, Saxon Pub, Threadgills, Vulcan Gas Company and others. Reid vividly details the remarkable talent and now-legendary venues in this book and 135 of Wickman’s photos capture the performers with friends, at home, and on stage.

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