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A lavishly illustrated collection of forty-two profiles of Texas music pioneers, most underrated or overlooked, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music covers the musical landscape of a most musical state. The first edition was published in 2005 to wide acclaim. This second edition includes updated information, a bonus section of six behind-the-scenes heroes, and fift A lavishly illustrated collection of forty-two profiles of Texas music pioneers, most underrated or overlooked, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music covers the musical landscape of a most musical state. The first edition was published in 2005 to wide acclaim. This second edition includes updated information, a bonus section of six behind-the-scenes heroes, and fifteen new portraits of Lefty Frizzell, Janis Joplin, and others, spanning such diverse styles as blues, country, hip-hop, conjunto, gospel, rock, and jazz. D.J. Stout and Pentagram designed the reborn edition, with photographer Scott Newton providing portraits. Michael Corcoran has been writing about Texas music for more than thirty years, for the Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman, as well as in such publications as Texas Monthly and Spin. These pieces are based on his personal interviews with their subjects as well as in-depth research. Expertly written with flair, the book is a musical waltz across Texas.


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A lavishly illustrated collection of forty-two profiles of Texas music pioneers, most underrated or overlooked, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music covers the musical landscape of a most musical state. The first edition was published in 2005 to wide acclaim. This second edition includes updated information, a bonus section of six behind-the-scenes heroes, and fift A lavishly illustrated collection of forty-two profiles of Texas music pioneers, most underrated or overlooked, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music covers the musical landscape of a most musical state. The first edition was published in 2005 to wide acclaim. This second edition includes updated information, a bonus section of six behind-the-scenes heroes, and fifteen new portraits of Lefty Frizzell, Janis Joplin, and others, spanning such diverse styles as blues, country, hip-hop, conjunto, gospel, rock, and jazz. D.J. Stout and Pentagram designed the reborn edition, with photographer Scott Newton providing portraits. Michael Corcoran has been writing about Texas music for more than thirty years, for the Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman, as well as in such publications as Texas Monthly and Spin. These pieces are based on his personal interviews with their subjects as well as in-depth research. Expertly written with flair, the book is a musical waltz across Texas.

47 review for All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    George Bradford

    Texas Music is as big, bold and diverse as the Lone Star State itself. And it sounds implausible that one book could possibly do justice to the deep, rich and complex history of Texas Music. But that is the miracle of "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music." This single volume does for Texas Music what no book has done before: It reveals the breathtaking history of the women and men from disparate backgrounds, communities and traditions who made the Music -- their Music -- for which Texas Texas Music is as big, bold and diverse as the Lone Star State itself. And it sounds implausible that one book could possibly do justice to the deep, rich and complex history of Texas Music. But that is the miracle of "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music." This single volume does for Texas Music what no book has done before: It reveals the breathtaking history of the women and men from disparate backgrounds, communities and traditions who made the Music -- their Music -- for which Texas is known. I had the pleasure of reading the first edition of this book in 2006. That was a very good book. And I enjoyed it. The author is a thorough historian and a magnificent story teller. Very few non-fiction writers are as enjoyable to read as Michael Corcoran. And everything that made the earlier edition terrific is present here. But this new edition for 2017 is much more than an update. The name may be the same, but this is a new book with additional histories and incredible features. If you liked the previous edition you will love the new one. "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music" is outstanding. I recommend this extraordinary book without hesitation or reservation to anyone interested in Texas, Music or American History. It very well may be the best Texas Music history book ever written. (Here is my review of the 2005 edition of this great read: "Michael Corcoran is one of the greatest writers of all time. Hands down, bar none, he's one of the greats. His skills are on display in this essential history of Texas music. And, on top of that, he shares his personal list of the forty greatest Texas songs of all time AND the twenty-five essential CDs for Texas music fans. I don't entirely agree with either list. But I won't argue too vehemently with Corcoran, either. He knows his stuff." )

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jay Clement

    39-2020. A survey of Texas musicians and songwriters, this book skims across most of the folks you’d expect to see. Not the megastars, but all those that made the Texas music scene what it is. Each entry was no more than 6 pages, but you get the flavor of these people, and now I’ve got a list of people for further study.

  3. 5 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    I really enjoyed reading this book. First of all some of the musicians I have heard about or listen to already. Some like Janis Joplin I did not know that she grew up in Texas or even some of the struggles that she went through, so I can understand why she left to California the bay area and the way some of her music was. The author takes you through Jazz, Blues, rock, gospel, country, hip-hop, and conjunto. But it was finding out about King Curtis, Ella Mae, Arizona Dranes, Cindy Walker, Washin I really enjoyed reading this book. First of all some of the musicians I have heard about or listen to already. Some like Janis Joplin I did not know that she grew up in Texas or even some of the struggles that she went through, so I can understand why she left to California the bay area and the way some of her music was. The author takes you through Jazz, Blues, rock, gospel, country, hip-hop, and conjunto. But it was finding out about King Curtis, Ella Mae, Arizona Dranes, Cindy Walker, Washington Philips, Billy Joe Shiver to just name a few I had never heard of. But pick up this book and look for some of the people that are mentioned in this book because all of them have some way been part of music history. Blind Willie Johnson lead to so many blues players along with T- Bone Walker, who are both in the book and Walker who wrote a great blues song “Stormy Monday”, also influenced B.B King. There are others of course Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Selena. Anyway you get what I am trying to say about this book. It is a very good book and a must read for any music fan. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music by Michael Corcoran Thirty-two profiles of texas musicians, basically a collection of some of Corcoran's articles from various publications. Corcoran has an interest and eye for overlooked and forgotten musicians, but this collection also includes some icons, as well. It's not comprehensive--it's not meant to be an encyclopedia or comprehensive overview and there are plenty of legends that are not covered at all. However everyone it includes is importa All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music by Michael Corcoran Thirty-two profiles of texas musicians, basically a collection of some of Corcoran's articles from various publications. Corcoran has an interest and eye for overlooked and forgotten musicians, but this collection also includes some icons, as well. It's not comprehensive--it's not meant to be an encyclopedia or comprehensive overview and there are plenty of legends that are not covered at all. However everyone it includes is important, so, in a way, it does provide something of an overview. This is really a gem of a book, imo. Corcoran’s profiles are brief, but he has an eye for the telling detail and the salient fact. The profiles of the well-known artists are not full-scale bios, but hone in on specific moments or aspects of their lives. Corcoran comes to texas music as an outsider, he didn’t know much about it before he moved to Austin in 84. This is to his benefit, he is able to approach a lot of this material with a freshness and perspective that can be difficult for those who are much closer to it. My favorite profiles are those of the more obscure artists and those that involved a little sleuthing: Rebert Harris, Harry Choates, Washington Phillips (which features a case of mistaken identity), Arizona Dranes, Blind Willie Johnson. In no particular order, some other favorites: Gatemouth Brown, DJ Screw, Cindy Walker, Butthole Surfers, Billy Joe Shaver, Selena and Lydia Mendoza, Steve Jordan. Unlike so many other books about musicians, it’s not just the research or facts that make this interesting, Corcoran is an excellent writer and excels at the brief profile.

  5. 5 out of 5

    RTB: Review of Texas Books

    by Sarah Ridley Only in a book on Texas musicians could DJ Screw rub shoulders with the elegant country songstress Cindy Walker while the Austin enfants terrible Butthole Surfers jostle the stately Tejano icon Lydia Mendoza. All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music is an apt title for the second edition of Michael Corcoran's book that crosses genres, decades, cultures, and county lines. Throughout the book, Corcoran encourages Texans' (already cocksure) regional pride in local talent and give by Sarah Ridley Only in a book on Texas musicians could DJ Screw rub shoulders with the elegant country songstress Cindy Walker while the Austin enfants terrible Butthole Surfers jostle the stately Tejano icon Lydia Mendoza. All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music is an apt title for the second edition of Michael Corcoran's book that crosses genres, decades, cultures, and county lines. Throughout the book, Corcoran encourages Texans' (already cocksure) regional pride in local talent and gives hidden-in-plain-sight heroes, like Gulf Coast musicians and Texas music scene movers and shakers, the write-up they deserve. The book’s structure takes the form of a Texas road trip with sections devoted to regions and large cities in Texas; the chapters, which comprise these sections, focus on the performers from those towns and cities. In this edition, Houston musicians and East Texas musicians receive their own sections, and Barbara Lynn represents Beaumont in style in the East Texas section. Eschewing a lengthy bibliography and a flurry of footnotes, Corcoran hits the high notes of the musician or band’s biography in each chapter while also highlighting the musical feats and accomplishments that make a musician a pioneer in his or her genre. Often pulling from interviews, Corcoran puts the musician’s own words front-and-center and teases out the details die-hard fans want to read. For example, Lynn’s fans won’t want to miss Lynn’s stories about her first electric guitar and her inspiration for her Top 40 hit song. Along with the stories behind the music makers, each chapter includes photographs, the staple of every fan club and merch table. All Over the Map is a book Texans will want to display and not just because it features homegrown heroes. Each chapter includes several, often full page, black and white photographs of the titular musician or band thanks to Scott Newton, the contributing photographer. The pictures reveal Texas musicians as the patchwork family that they are. Sly Stone, whose chapter didn’t make it into the second edition, leans towards the camera, a leather vest open across his bare chest, while on another page, Lydia Mendoza in a gorgeous silken dress evokes the Virgin Mary. Stage lights glint off of Steve Jordan’s eye patch, and melancholy Townes Van Zandt stares into a sad future with shadowy eyes. A cowboy hat tips over someone’s forehead on almost every other page. In a surprising turn, Corcoran takes the focus off of the stars and superstars, and turns the camera around. The true surprise in the book is not that Texas is the home of so many musicians in such a variety of genres: the book’s best surprise is that the true heroes of Texas music are not just musicians. Corcoran brings the behind-the-scenes heroes into the spotlight alongside the musicians. Producer Tom Wilson, responsible for hits by Bob Dylan and Simon Garfunkel, gets his own chapter under the Waco Area section. All the photographers, label managers, club owners, writers, and music festival directors who worked countless hours to put and keep musicians on stages get their own Behind-the-Scenes Heroes section. While a cowboy hat is optional, All Over the Map is best enjoyed while listening to a soundtrack. In the back of the book, Corcoran provides a playlist of thirty-four of the greatest recordings by Texans or about Texas. This mixtape menagerie includes Pantera, Destiny’s Child, Toadies, Blind Willie Johnson, and Jeannie C. Riley to name a few. Through this playlist and throughout the book, Corcoran combines two things that unite Texans and non-Texans of all ages, colors, and tastes: a passion for music and love of the Lone Star State. https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stormie

    For work. A coffee table book, no doubt, but I'll definitely be checking out several of the musicians that were featured in this collection of mini biographies. For work. A coffee table book, no doubt, but I'll definitely be checking out several of the musicians that were featured in this collection of mini biographies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    This is actually a 2017 second edition of the anthology published in 2005. It includes 15 additional artists. A few have been dropped without explanation (I remember pieces on Blind Willie Johnson and Washington Phillips were in the first edition, though I loaned my copy and never got it back, so I cannot compare the two editions). The second edition is a very good, though not exhaustive coverage of Texas music in the later half of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although some of the w This is actually a 2017 second edition of the anthology published in 2005. It includes 15 additional artists. A few have been dropped without explanation (I remember pieces on Blind Willie Johnson and Washington Phillips were in the first edition, though I loaned my copy and never got it back, so I cannot compare the two editions). The second edition is a very good, though not exhaustive coverage of Texas music in the later half of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although some of the write-ups have an amateurish, fanzine quality, and some appear t have been hastily edited (for example, several pieces mention sidemen or others late in the piece only by last name, suggesting an earlier, full mention in the piece; however, re-reading the piece disclosed no mention). But, overall, a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil Overeem

    Highly recommended! The pieces are mostly brief, but they're written with passion, humor, and intelligence, and any book that educates the general reader on Blaze Foley, Washington Phillips, Steve Jordan, and Arizona Dranes belongs on a music lover's shelf. Unfortunately, I bought mine used from the Houston Public Library.... Highly recommended! The pieces are mostly brief, but they're written with passion, humor, and intelligence, and any book that educates the general reader on Blaze Foley, Washington Phillips, Steve Jordan, and Arizona Dranes belongs on a music lover's shelf. Unfortunately, I bought mine used from the Houston Public Library....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    This had some interesting stuff in it, particularly the chapter on Washington Phillips.

  10. 4 out of 5

    brian nilson

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter U Hansen Jr

  12. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Zuern

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ted

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucianna Wolfstone

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave Penny

  17. 5 out of 5

    Herb

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jared Huskey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

  21. 5 out of 5

    Drew Keul

  22. 5 out of 5

    Larry Kaufmann

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aleksa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lowell White

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Powell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Pickens

    I was familiar with Michael Cochoran's work at the Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. I believe he has found his place in the world as a music historian rather than a music critic. The Austin of the past that we both knew (I moved there in 1975) is long gone, and at least those memories have been collected by Michael and other writers like Ed Ward. I would like to read a book about the current musicians in Texas, but I don't think Michael Cochoran will be the person to write that bo I was familiar with Michael Cochoran's work at the Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. I believe he has found his place in the world as a music historian rather than a music critic. The Austin of the past that we both knew (I moved there in 1975) is long gone, and at least those memories have been collected by Michael and other writers like Ed Ward. I would like to read a book about the current musicians in Texas, but I don't think Michael Cochoran will be the person to write that book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  28. 4 out of 5

    University of Texas Press

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jason Mellard

  32. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  33. 4 out of 5

    Chip

  34. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  35. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  36. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  37. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  38. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  39. 5 out of 5

    Cody Austern-Aceto

  40. 5 out of 5

    Kay Card

  41. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  42. 5 out of 5

    M

  43. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Fox

  44. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  45. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie McGarrah

  46. 5 out of 5

    Dp

  47. 4 out of 5

    Lupe

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