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Free e-Book of A Brief History of Country

January 17th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have brought my History of Country series under one roof, with a few edits, in an illustrated eBook (well, a booklet, really) in PDF format, titled A Brief History of Country.

Please feel free to pass it on in good conscience or to link to it on your website: while I assert my copyright for the text, the eBook is completely free. The more people read it and, I hope, gain enough of an understanding of the genre so that they will never call it “Country & Western” again, or say “yee haw, pardner”, the more they will appreciate the wealth of country.


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  1. halfhearteddude
  2. Bo
    January 17th, 2013 at 09:32 | #2

    thanks a lot

  3. Curtis
    January 17th, 2013 at 17:48 | #3

    The file that dl’s is a 34k file that won’t open in reader.

  4. halfhearteddude
    January 17th, 2013 at 20:35 | #4

    Curtis, open the link in a new window, and download the file from there.

  5. deruf
    January 17th, 2013 at 21:18 | #5

    This is great – thank you!

  6. Birgit
    January 18th, 2013 at 14:15 | #6

    Thanks for enlightenment and effort. I loved to read it (again), although it’s not my favorite kind of music.

  7. skip
    January 20th, 2013 at 21:38 | #7

    Nice work!

  8. January 22nd, 2013 at 23:46 | #8

    Downloading now and looking forward to it very much. Thanks!

  9. Rob Kendrew
    February 1st, 2013 at 12:22 | #9

    Link appears to be broken….

  10. halfhearteddude
    February 1st, 2013 at 18:58 | #10

    The filehoster seems to be down. Not dead, I hope. I’ll re-up it if it’s still dead tomorrow.

    EDIT: The link is working again.

  11. inthealley
    March 27th, 2013 at 12:48 | #11

    You are an absolute star and a very generous one too!!

  12. March 27th, 2013 at 15:44 | #12

    Thanks for this– I’ve enjoyed reading it piecemeal, and learned a lot. I used to think that I didn’t like country music, but I was wrong– there is so much great music in the genre that only a chump would continue to express dislike after having been exposed to it.

  13. halfhearteddude
    March 28th, 2013 at 07:35 | #13

    Bill, that comment made my day. As did inthealley’s.

    Feel free to distribute the eBook (preferably by linking to the post, but I have no problem if you copy it on somebody’s drive or e-mail it or whatever).

  14. April 9th, 2013 at 21:17 | #14

    as a thank you, 100 cds of country radio hits

  15. April 13th, 2013 at 09:27 | #15

    also, through my site, a backup of all the history files in one go

  16. joel
    April 23rd, 2013 at 00:04 | #16

    Hans, you just can’t catch a break, can you? Do you have another link for the backup? I missed a couple volumes.

  17. April 23rd, 2013 at 17:05 | #17

    dear joel, pls send me a mail at
    telling me which vols you are missing
    and ill re up them for you,
    contrary to popular belief, i am not the person people tell you i am
    ,see my blog

  18. Paul
    February 5th, 2019 at 01:24 | #18

    Please email me if you ever repair the links to your History of Country volumes.

  19. halfhearteddude
    February 10th, 2019 at 12:21 | #19

    I have now fixed all the links, and will have a post with appropriate mix on Thursday to announce that.

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