Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels

The Pioneers of Country and Western Music

By Holly George-Warren; Laura Levine (Illustrator)
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618191000, 32pp.)

Publication Date: May 2006

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Discover the surprising beginnings and humble origins of the charismatic pioneers who helped shape the country-and-western scene into the influential musical empire it is today.

Included among this collection of legends are Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and more unforgettable people who changed the face of music forever!

About the Author

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, producer, and music consultant. She has contributed to more than two dozen books about rock and roll, including The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock, and The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. She's also written for the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Journal of Country Music, and Rolling Stone. Ms. George-Warren lives in upstate New York with her family.

Praise For Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels

"Levine's mixed-media art harmonizes perfectly with these vignettes. . . . Fans of any age will enjoy this paean to roots music." --Horn Book Horn Book

"Levine’s folk-art paintings, created with flat colors and occasional use of pattern, are quite distinctive." --Booklist Booklist, ALA

"Concise but thorough, this picture book discusses the evolution of a distinctive American music style through a chronicle of its biggest stars. . . . Colorful, stylized, folk art of the performers and/or their instruments is included." –SLJ School Library Journal

"The perfect primer for young music lovers...Homespun, folksy paintings that in their simplicity, charm and naivete...provide the perfect accent to George-Warren's informative, no-frills prose." Bookpage

"Levine supplies a bright, naiive, vintage-framed portrait of each artist...There's considerable visual appeal to draw in readers and sufficient hints to send readers out to rrack down the tunes." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...After a few pages, you'll want to break out the fiddles, guitars and mandolins, and make your own country music." New York Post

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