An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan first traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy: local honky-tonk owner and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting her on a course for fame that outlasted her tragically short life. What Lingan found was a town in the midst of an identity crisis. As the U.S. economy and American culture have transformed in recent decades, the ground under centuries-old social codes has shifted, throwing old folkways into chaos. Homeplace teases apart the tangle of class, race, and family origin that still defines the town, and illuminates questions that now dominate our national conversationabout how we move into the future without pretending our past doesn't exist, about what we salvage and what we leave behind. Lingan writes in penetrating, so...
|Title||:||Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
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Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk Reviews
I began reading this book after a brief skimming of the book’s description. I expected a lot of country and roots music history, with some small town-loving prose. I got a lot less of the music I was expecting. I got a lot more of the small town story, but it was a story of change, not all reminiscing. Sure, there’s a lot of reminiscing about the history of Winchester and the area, especially the recent history, the Patsy Cline years. And there’s a lot about what has changed as the townspeople h ...more
3.5 stars. Mostly entertaining read about Winchester, Va., class warfare, Patsy Cline and the last damn honky-tonk in the free world.