Lavishly illustrated history of country music by Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan. Gorgeously illustrated and hugely entertaining, Country Music by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is simultaneously satisfying as a coffee table book and conversation-starter, and as an epic saga in the style of Burns’s sweeping PBS documentaries. The story begins where country music itself emerged: the American South, but above all, Country Music is the story of the musicians. Here is Hank Williams’s tragic honky-tonk life, Dolly Parton rising to fame from a dirt-poor childhood, and Loretta Lynn turning her experiences into songs that spoke to women everywhere. Here too are interviews with the genre's biggest stars, from Merle Haggard to Garth Brooks to Rosanne Cash. Rife with rare photographs and fascinating anecdotes, these stories will captivate longtime country fans and introduce new listeners to an extraordinary body of music that lies at the very center of the American experience.