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The Grand Ole Opry
The Making of an American Icon

by Colin Escott

      Colin Escott brings The Grand Olde Opry to life in this beautifully designed and written book on the history and legend of this venerable American music institution. One known for Minnie Pearl's price-tag hats and so much more, namely the source country music. Filled with first-hand accounts from those through the years who made The Opry their home, as well as photos, promotional pieces and show programs that leave the reader with a sense of pride for this enduring legend.

Vince Gill contributes an impressive foreword, outlining what the Opry was and how it shapes the country music industry today. While reading this book, filled with the chronicles of a virtual who's who of country music, from the early years to today, I especially enjoyed the reflections and remembrances of Kitty Cora Cline, Pee Wee King, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, and Alan Jackson. No matter what your music inclinations are, The Grand Ole Opry has touched your life or influenced music you hear today. Escott's new book is perfect for the cocktail tables, home library and as a must-have desk reference for those looking for the back-story on country music.

The Book

Hachette Books
November 2006
Non-Fiction - Music Industry History
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The Reviewer

Mark Nash
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Mark Nash is the author of Fundamentals of Marketing for the Real Estate Professional, Starting & Succeeding in Real Estate, Reaching Out: The Financial Power of Niche Markeing, and 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home.
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