Austin City Limits: A History

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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.86 X 8.75 X 0.86 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Tracey E. W. Laird is Professor of Music and Chair at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River and co-editor with Kip Lornell of Shreveport Sounds in Black and White.

"Tracing the history of ACL alongside the cultural changes that have helped shape Austin's current scene, [Tracey] Laird presents an informed and lively discussion that legitimizes Austin's claim as the 'live music capital of the world.' A slim though impressive narrative history that will be a welcome addition to any audiophile's bookshelf. " --Kirkus Reviews

"Laird's slim but entertaining volume chronicles not only the history of the television show itself but also its offshoots, including its music festival... Laird's fine book offers an insider's look as she examines the people, both famous and obscure, behind [Austin City Limits]." --Booklist

"The book is a laudatory and reverent examination of the television show's legacy... a more fitting tribute to such an important American musical touchstone could hardly be imagined." --PopMatters

"Drawing on interviews with a broad range of musicians and producers, Tracey W. Laird vividly chronicles the history of Austin City Limits as well as the impact it has had on the ways we listen to music in her elegant cultural history." --No Depression, Best Music Books of 2014

"Tracey Laird's history does [Austin City Limit's] vibrant legacy justice...Laird excels at profiling the personalities behind the scenes, tenures that span decades. Even then, "Austin City Limits: A History" may be most elucidating when touching on the business side of the program amid the public television turmoil of the Nineties and its global branding by ACL Fest. " --Austin Chronicle