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All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music

“All Over The Map is one of the best books about music I’ve ever read. By the time I had finished I’d spent over $200 on iTunes”- Tony Scalzo of Fastball

“If you’re a fan of popular music and want to learn more about it, you should know the name Michael Corcoran”- Marshall Crenshaw on WFUV “Bottomless Pit”

This collection of profiles, some previously published, will never be more than an arm’s length from my work desk. Former colleague Corcoran has few rivals for following a story to its logical conclusion, then refining it into a seamless narrative. Even the means of reporting become part of the stories. The title is doubly apt: The book is arranged geographically, but the musical styles are all over the map. This is history that will last. – Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman

It is a great book… original research and superlative writing. The ones I most enjoyed were Ella Mae Morse, Milt Larkin, Arizona Dranes, Lefty Frizzell, Ronnie Dawson, and Lydia Mendoza…Could not put the book down. – Robert Pruter, Chicago Soul 

“All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music” (University of North Texas Press), compiles 42 thoroughly-researched and sharply-written chapters on such Texas music pioneers as Cindy Walker, Freddie King, Selena, Janis Joplin and Lefty Frizzell, all tied together in an exploration of what makes Texas music stand out. Texans were the first to use electric guitars in blues (T-Bone Walker), jazz (Charlie Christian) and honky tonk (Ernest Tubb), and also laid the blueprint for boogie-woogie piano when George and Hersal Thomas (the brothers of Sippie Wallace) mimicked the rhythm of trains that choogled through their Houston neighborhood. Eighteen chapters were added to the original 2005 version of “Map,” plus there’s a new section on behind-the-scenes heroes including Chet Flippo, who put Austin music on the map- or at least in Rolling Stone- in the early ‘70s. With photographs by Scott Newton and design from Pentagram Austin, the book is a lavishly illustrated waltz across Texas music history.

“The work of a rock and roll detective” – Pete Stothard, Times of London

Radio and reviews of the book:

“All Over the Map constitutes an indispensable addition to the literature and secures Corcoran’s place among Texas music’s best chroniclers, Jason Mellard of Texas State University wrote an incisive review.

Essential reading whether you’re a Lone Star fanatic or just a standard-issue music geek– Blurt Magazine

KERA’s “Art & Seek” program 7/7

Long interview with Texas Public Radio’s “The Source”

Kevin Curtin’s review in the Austin Chronicle

KUT’s Texas Standard with David Brown

For signed copies send a check for $30 hardcover or $20 paperback to Michael Corcoran, P.O. Box 31, Staples, TX 78670.

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After 20 years as a newspaper writer (Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman) Michael Corcoran retired in 2011 to concentrate on Texas music history research and writing. His 2012 book/CD on gospel pioneer Arizona Dranes was nominated for a Grammy as best historical album. In 2016, his prime research for “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams” (Dust-to-Digital) was lauded by CNN, the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, among others. He also contributed extensive liner notes on Blind Willie Johnson for the Alligator Records tribute album. This year Corcoran, who began his career as a sardonic columnist for the Austin Chronicle in the ‘80s, completed the rewrite and visual overhaul of his 2005 book “All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music.” He lives in Smithville, TX and is working on a book on 1920’s black gospel music in Texas for TCU Press.


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