The Handbook of Texas Music by The Texas State Historical Association

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Texas music was born at the crossroads of America. And it has reached out from there to touch the world. Texas has been a remarkably fertile seedbed for music coming from every point of the compass, and few places on any continent have produced musical styles and musicians whose artistic and cultural impact have been so profound on a national and international scale. The Handbook of Texas Music carefully documents the complex convergence of numerous musical and cultural traditions.

Armadillo World Headquarters by Eddie Wilson and Jesse Sublett

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On August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doors of the Armadillo World Headquarters and the live music capital of the world was born in Austin, Texas. Over its ten-year lifespan, the Armadillo hosted thousands of high-profile musicians – Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. The Armadillo helped define the Austin lifestyle, culture, and identity, setting the stage for successors such as the SXSW music festival and Austin City Limits, which have made Austin and international destination for music fans.

Miss Rhythm – The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend by Ruth Brown and Andrew Yule

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Before Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, there was Ruth Brown, the legendary rhythm and blues singer best known for her hits “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”, “Teardrops in My Eyes” and “5-10-15 Hours”. Her powerhouse voice and sassy squeal brought such worldwide success to the fledgling Atlantic label in the 1950’s that it came to be known as the “House That Ruth Built”.

Swamp Pop – Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues by Shane Bernard

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Music of Louisiana was at the heart of rock-and-roll in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Many swamp-pop favorites were hits of the day – Dale and Grace’s “I’m Leaving It Up to You”, Phil Phillip’s “Sea of Love”, Joe Barry’s “I’m a Fool to Care” and Cookie and the Cupcakes “Mathilda”. Here is the exciting story of swamp pop, a form of Louisiana music invented by teenage Cajuns and black Creoles.