publishing world has exuberantly hailed the widespread popularity
of country music in the last five years with a significant number
of books on the subject. Lawler, a literature scholar with a specialty
in Old English poetry who also happens to be a country music fan,
offers an unusual twist. Her aim is to explore what country music
means to its listeners and to show that country music is a distinct
literature that merits serious study.
addition, she profiles various country music stars and their different
lifestyles to demonstrate their influences on the lasting popularity
of country music. In her conclusion, Lawler acknowledges that her
book is just a beginning, but she nevertheless offers a succinct
look at country music as she discusses its history, marketing, audience,
and surrounding influences.
Jennifer Lawler's Web site www.jenniferlawler.com!
feature of Lawler's work is the analysis of famous songs. She points
to topics like love, living, women's issues, and political and social
issues to prove her thesis that country music indeed reflects the
basic joys and struggles of living. -- Kathleen Sparkman, Library
pages, bibliography, index and illustrations, 1997, paperbound