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From Publishers Weekly
Shot in Boston and Nashville during the 1970s, the photographs in this collection present a moving tribute to the pre-urban cowboy world of country music. Horenstein's black-and-white pictures are unpretentious and direct, a style that suits his subject matter. Some of his images show the happy cutting up of fans in ordinary honky tonks and in the legendary Nashville Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Other photographs give well-composed offstage portraits of stars like Emily Lou Harris, Lester Flatt, Anita Carter, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams, Jr. But grainy or sharp, all these images attest to Horenstein's sincere affection for the makers of bluegrass and country music and their fans. 100 duotone photographs.
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About the Author
Henry Horenstein has exhibited his photographs internationally and published over 30 books. He lives in Boston. Eddie Stubbs is the WSM Grand Ole Opry announcer in Nashville. Charles F. McGovern is a cultural history curator at the Smithsonian Institution.
In the 1970s, Henry Horenstein was a young photographer who shot album covers for Rounder Records. In his off-hours, he immersed himself in country music at the show venues, music parks, and the rural saloons that coursed with the music and its rough-and-tumble lifestyle, otherwise known as honky tonks. With over 100 incomparable duotone photographs, Honky Tonk captures the heart of the country music experience during a period of transition, as the friendly familiarity of the scene -- from the huge hall of the Grand Ole Opry to the family vacation camps -- took on a more commercial polish. Disarming portraits of legends such as Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings brush up against shots of the workaday fans who kept the scene alive. Offering an intimate glimpse into country music as it was performed and enjoyed, these photographs capture a true slice of American life where artists and fans converged to enjoy music and strut their stuff.