Why Tammy Wynette Matters

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University of Texas Press
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5.33 X 8.25 X 0.82 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author

Steacy Easton has written about country music for NPR, Slate, and the Atlantic. They are a PhD student in critical disability studies at York University.

[An] illuminating debut...Easton paints a riveting portrait of an oft-misunderstood star. Country music fans won't be disappointed.-- "Publishers Weekly" (5/3/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Easton's book incorporates the author's relationship to Wynette's music and vocal performances in a critical biography that focuses on the artist's musical talents...Fans of Wynette and country music will be drawn to this reappraisal.-- "Library Journal" (5/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Why Tammy Wynette Matters ventures beyond the usual narrative of Tammy Wynette as a tragic country star whose numerous marriages and early death have often defined her. In this slim yet rich book of criticism, Steacy Easton considers the singer's 'ambitious, transparent, and haunted work' in a feminist context, drawing out Wynette's artistry and paying respect to her impact on country music...What makes Why Tammy Wynette Matters exceptional is that it considers how [Wynette's life] experiences gave her work its power...Easton is 'deeply committed to Wynette as a performer and writer.' They approach their subject with curiosity, generosity, and love.-- "Chapter 16" (5/22/2023 12:00:00 AM)
[An] exemplary deep-dive into the life of Tammy Wynette...Country fans will be delighted with this short but incisive and fond remembrance.-- "Bay Area Reporter" (5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Easton's arguments are compelling...Reading Easton's book you start to understand how Wynette may well have used the perceptions of her and her position as an icon of domestic femininity in a quite subversive way, and that she was far less of a victim than she herself often encouraged people to believe...Read this book; it's unlike anything else you might have read about this artist and it will change your perception of who you think Tammy Wynette was.-- "Americana UK" (5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM)
[Why Tammy Wynette Matters] weaves the stress of maintaining stereotypical Southern womanhood into the country legend's complex legacy.-- "The Tennessean" (5/27/2023 12:00:00 AM)
[A] brilliant new book...Why Tammy Wynette Matters is a tour-de-force work of critical genius, and Easton's book prompts us to listen once again to Wynette and to hear her performances in fresh ways. Their book is revelatory, offering insightful and illuminating readings of the ways that Wynette's life and work intersect.-- "No Depression" (6/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)