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Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry

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The only performer to earn 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gene Autry was the singing cowboy king of American entertainment. Now, in Public Cowboy No.1, Holly George-Warren offers the first serious biography of this singular individual, in a fascinating narrative that traces Autry's climb from small-town farm boy to multimillionaire. Here for the first time Autry the legend becomes a flesh-and-blood man--with all the passions, triumphs, and tragedies of a flawed icon. George-Warren recounts stories never before told, including revelations about Autry's impoverished boyhood, his adventures as an up-and-coming singer, and the impact his unbelievable success had on his personal life. The book provides equally colorful details of Autry's lengthy radio and recording career, which included such classics as "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"; his movie career, where he breathed new life into the Western genre; and his role in early television. And along the way, we see how he invested shrewdly in radio, real-estate, and television, becoming the only entertainer listed among 1990's Fortune 400. Based on exclusive access to Gene Autry's personal papers, as well as interviews with more than 100 relatives, employees, colleagues, and friends, this engaging biography brings to life a major Hollywood star--a man who, more than anyone else, put Western music and style on the American cultural map.

Synopsis:

George-Warren offers the first serious biography in which Gene Autry the legend becomes a flesh-and-blood man--with all the passions, triumphs, and tragedies of a flawed icon.

About the Author

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, and frequent commentator on Western films, music, and fashion. A contributor to more than 40 books on popular music, she is the author of Cowboy! How Hollywood Invented the Wild West and coauthor of How the West Was Worn: A History of Western Wear. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Autrys and the Ozments

2. Cross Timbers

3. Tioga

4. Workin' on the Railroad

5. Musical Mentors

6. A New Name, a New Profession

7. The Oklahoma Yodeling Cowboy

8. Hillbilly Recording Artist

9. Midwestern Buckaroo

10. Uncle Art

11. From "High Steppin' Mama" to "Silver Haired Daddy"

12. Sweet Home Chicago

13. "The Singing and Yodeling Marvel"

14. Motherless Son

15. WLS Radio Star

16. Cowboy Balladeer

17. Smiley, Patsy, and Pee Wee

18. Celluloid Cowboy

19. Negotiations by Post

20. Republic Pictures Star

21. Battles-On Screen and Off

22. The Singing Cowboy

23. Public Cowboy No. 1

24. Strike!

25. At Home and Abroad

26. Melody Ranch

27. A Town Called Gene Autry

28. War!

29. Sergeant Gene Autry

30. Don't Fence Me IN

31. Back in the Saddle

32. Gene Autry, Inc.

33. From Horses to Reindeer, From Big Screen to Small

34. Last of the Pony Riders

35. On the Road Again-and Again

36. The Last Round-Up

Epilogue

Notes

Sources

Gene Autry Recording Sessions

Filmography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195372670
Author:
George Warren, Holly
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
George-Warren, Holly
Author:
null, Holly
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Country & Bluegrass - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Music | Popular Music
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
132 halftones
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9 x 1.4 in 1.563 lb

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