Whether or not you've ever been to the Hall of Fame, you will feel like you just got one of the most interesting country history lessons by reading this book. Comprised of five stand-up sections; one on early country music, one is on southwestern country, the third is on the singing cowboys, the fourth is on Nashville itself, and the final is on where country music is in the twenty-first century.
The first page of this book unfolds Jimmie Rogers guitar, including strings. You'll also read tales of the early days of country, including Patsy Montana's thoughts on traveling in the old days by car, and sleeping wherever you could. There's also a popup of Sara Carter's autoharp. This page also has a sound clip of Maybelle Carter's Guitar Lick from "Wildwood Rose."
Turn the page to see a popup replica of Cain's Ballroom, where Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys made their home in the 1930s. Listen to a sound clip of Bob Wills famous "Ah-hah." Fold out the page to see the pop up replica of Cindy Walker's beautiful decoupaged typewriter, complete with page of lyrics to "You Don't Know Me."
The third page talks about Hillbilly Hollywood; country music in California. See the foldout of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, and a replica of Merle Travis' guitar. View Singing Cowboy movie posters and a pop up suitcase that you can open to find some colorful clothing and boots.
On the fourth page is the pop up replica of the Ryman. Open the roof and you can see the stage and seating. There's also a pop up of Tootsie's, and you can listen to a sound clip of Minnie Pearl's greeting to the Opry crowd.
On the fifth page you'll find a pop up of a mechanical bull from "Urban Cowboy," and Alan Jackson's hat. Plus photos of Garth Brooks Central Park appearance and photo clips from several popular videos.
Even though the fifth page is the last, it's not the end of goodies to look at. In a compartment inside the book is a poster of Rare Record Labels, a Wildhorse Salloon "Hatch Show Print" fan, another booklet of photos of items from the Hall of Fame, and lastly a booklet listing all the Hall of Fame members through 2002.
But even that isn't all. There are also essays from Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Kinky Friedman, John Morthland, Kris Kristofferson, Douglas B. Green, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Paul Kingsbury, Rosanne Cash, Ray Benson and the Dixie Chicks.
This is just a wonderful book for fans of all ages, although you should be careful around smaller children, so they don't remove and misplace any of the loose parts inside.
Buy the The Country Music Pop-Up Book.