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Celebrate PURE COUNTRY w/ Roni Stoneman & Eddie Dean 12/10 @ the Bell House

posted Nov 14, 2008, 11:32 AM by Vu Nguyen
From Girlie Action
Roni Stoneman, Eddie Dean and more
celebrate the release of PURE COUNTRY
at The Bell House on Dec. 10th!

Join us in celebration of PROCESS MEDIA's magnificent new book  
PURE COUNTRY: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971.  

Process Books and Arthur Magazine invite you to the Bell House for a very special evening with Roni Stoneman, the First Lady of Banjo, along with the Jones Street Boys and the Tall Pines. Eddie Dean, who wrote the forward and the text of the book, will be narrating a slide show of images from the book of such country legends as George Jones,  Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash, June Carter,  Dolly Parton, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl amongst others.

For more info
(This evening is open to the public)

XO - Felice and Deb @ Girlie


Introduction and Text by Eddie Dean
Foreword by Robert Gordon
(Process Books – December 2)


"What Kagarise preserved was something extremely country music from the ‘50s and ‘60s performed in its most natural setting."

Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, country music’s most legendary performers played backwoods stages in outdoor music parks, live and unfiltered. It was a time when Johnny

Cash, Patsy Cline and George Jones mingled up close with fans like kin at a mountain family reunion. These dollar-a-carload picnic concerts might have been forgotten if it hadn’t been for Leon Kagarise. An audio engineer by trade, he began recording the live shows on reel-to-reel tape and shot hundreds of candid color slides of the stars and their fans.

Music journalist Eddie Dean spent many hours interviewing Kagarise before his death in early 2008. His introduction and accompanying text tells how an obsession created a view into a lost world that challenges easy assumptions about Country and reveals a secret history of Country music in the ‘60s, when the industry largely turned its back on its rural roots and produced a slick, studio-centric product known as the Nashville Sound.

Forced into commercial exile, traditional country performers scratched out a living in the outdoor-music park circuit, where Kagarise served as their unofficial court photographer. With a meticulous and loving eye, Kagarise captured dozens of classic country and bluegrass artists in their prime, including June Carter, Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe, Hank Snow, The Stanley Brothers, The Stonemans, and many others.

Over a decade, he amassed an archive of over 600 color slides and 4,000 hours of pristine-sounding live performance as well as radio and television recordings, some of the only known surviving documents of the era. Pure Country presents 140 of Kagarise’s stunning color images, most never seen in print, from an archive now considered by historians to be one of the richest discoveries in the history of American music.