For the month of May 2016, in celebration of the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, we are lowering the e-book list price of two titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Link to the buy options below.

Cover for diekman: Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins. Click for larger imageTwentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins
by Diane Diekman
“Diekman propels the narrative with impressive detail and energy, leaving the reader with an impression that can only echo the admiration and respect of those who knew him.” —The Austin Chronicle. During his three decades as a country music performer, Marty Robbins (1925-1982) placed 94 songs on Billboard’s country music charts, with sixteen number-one hits. In addition to two Grammy awards, he was also honored with the Man of the Decade Award from the Academy of Country Music in 1970. Drawing from personal interviews and in-depth research, biographer Diane Diekman delivers the first biography of this country music icon. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the NOOK version here. Buy the Google Play version here.

Cover for Diekman: Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story. Click for larger imageLive Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story by Diane Diekman
As one of the best-known honky-tonkers to appear in the wake of Hank Williams’s death, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville’s music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed more than eighty songs on the country music charts, and founded the long-running country music periodical Music City News in 1963. resenting the first detailed portrayal of this lively and unpredictable country music star, Diane Diekman masterfully draws on extensive interviews with Young’s family, band members, and colleagues. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the NOOK version here. Buy the Google Play version here.

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