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
The last honky tonk in the Shenedoah proves the entry point into a collection of essays about the rapid change of rural America, family, authenticity, a lot of other things. Fair warning, I would pay even less attention to my opinion on this one then you are used to normally, since John is a very, very old friend of mine, and I’d happily lie to a stranger to feather his nest, but happily here I don’t need to. John’s a thoughtful guy and writes with a sharp pen, interweaving history and personal ...more
Bittersweet, well researched, I enjoyed every page. For years I wondered why Winchester didn't celebrate Patsy Cline. THIS book led to a greater understanding of the social mores of the area,.
From the first word of Homeplace, a reader can tell that this was a labor of love for John Lingan. At the book’s center is Jim McCoy, an earnest, former traveling want-to-be music star who first introduced the airwaves to Patsy Cline. Jim’s story is the starter pistol that leads Lingan to investigate more characters and tall tales that populate Winchester, Virginia and the surrounding area. There is more than a touch of the poet in the author’s prose, and his four years of research and reporting ...more
I received this book as a gift after a recent trip to Winchester and so was eager to dive into it. It was fascinating to read not only about the Winchester I visited but also the one I missed. Beyond Winchester specifically, the book made me ponder those ways in which all small towns are changing, struggling, coping. I also loved getting to know the characters in a way a casual visitor would not. This book evoked for me memories of places and people from my own ”home place.” Lingan writes a thou ...more