Debby Bull Hillbilly Hollywood

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Hillbilly Hollywood

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Though Nashville is the current Country-and-Western capital, Hollywood put hillbilly singers to work in the early years (1930s-1950s) in movies, at recording studios, and on radio shows.

Hillbilly Hollywood is a lavishly illustrated volume that examines the culture that produced costumes (like Nathan Turk, Nudie Cohen, and Manuel Cuevas) who created that famous C&W style - well tailored, elaborately embroidered or beaded clothes.

Historical text and interviews with C&W legends complement examples from Mary Stuart's extensive vintage collections as well as candid photographs (most never published before) of Elvis Presley, Gene Autry, Patsy Cline, and more. Dynamically designed, Hillbilly Hollywood is as much a collector's piece as the costumes it features.

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Debby Bull is a former contributing editor and writer at Rolling Stone magazine. A rock critic and popular-culture observer, she is also the author of Blue Jelly, a memoir.

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You will adore this devastatingly visual sendup. It s almost spiritually respectful of the excesses and outrages of the singers and other performers who were drawn by the hope of glory and riches from Depression-era rural outposts to Los Angeles. The photographs are blazing with costumes that are as kitschy as anything ever worn by living humans. --The Baltimore Sun

Rhinestone cowboys and fringed cowgirls kick up their boot heels in Hillbilly Hollywood, a close look at that the author calls famous people you ve never heard of. With a rhinestone-studded and die-cut cover, the book is as flamboyant as its subject. --The New York Times

Back in the 1940s, cowboy stars like Gene Autry were Hollywood royalty. And their fancy, Western-tailored suits, flamboyantly embroidered or sparkling in sequins, left a permanent imprint on American style, former Rolling Stone editor Debby Bull writes in this curiously engaging coffee-table volume. The pictures of gussied up C&W performers are fun, and the performers themselves add some perspective. Bottom Line: An eyeful of memorable style. --People Magazine

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