Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk

Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk

An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan first traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy: local honky-tonk owner and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with t...

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Title:Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk
Author:John Lingan
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0544932536
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk Reviews

  • Phil Melton
    Oct 18, 2018
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  • Jay
    Sep 11, 2018
    I began reading this book after a brief skimming of the book?s description. I expected a lot of country and roots music history, with some small town-loving prose. I got a lot less of the music I was expecting. I got a lot more of the small town story, but it was a story of change, n...
  • Leah Angstman
    Aug 28, 2018
    I reviewed this book and interviewed the author for a wonderful feature in Pacific Standard. ...
  • Jim
    Sep 13, 2018
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  • Ralph
    Jun 19, 2018
    3.5 stars. Mostly entertaining read about Winchester, Va., class warfare, Patsy Cline and the last damn honky-tonk in the free world. ...
  • Libby
    Sep 09, 2018
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  • J.S. Green
    Apr 30, 2018
    Not at all what I expected based upon the book description: "As the U.S. economy and American culture have transformed in recent decades, the ground under centuries-old social codes has shifted, throwing old folkways into chaos. Homeplace teases apart the tangle of class, race, and fa...
  • Loretta Gaffney
    Sep 28, 2018
    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars; I'm rounding up because it was a lifesaver this week. I needed something relatively gentle. Though it meandered, and had insufficient attention to race, I thought this fond and sorrowful portrait of Winchester, VA was a great read. I could dive right ba...
  • Daniel Polansky
    Apr 30, 2018
    The last honky tonk in the Shenedoah proves the entry point into a collection of essays about the rapid change of rural America, family, authenticity, a lot of other things. Fair warning, I would pay even less attention to my opinion on this one then you are used to normally, since Joh...
  • Janet
    May 30, 2018
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century Winchester, Vir...
  • Robyn Obermeyer
    Jan 07, 2019
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  • Ruth
    Jan 10, 2019
    Are you interested in the backstory of some historical country musicians and bands from the deep South? Are you curious about how these people found their music getting a boost to a noticeable level? This well researched book will reveal that to you. Many, many visits and interviews we...
  • Mike
    Nov 15, 2018
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  • Chris Langdon
    Sep 28, 2018
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  • Diana
    Dec 31, 2018
    I bought this because I love visiting Winchester. This book certainly widened my knowledge of the greater area, but wandered pretty far afield (the water in West Virginia, local wrestling matches, etc.). Also, there were statements that I know to be exaggerated. For example, Lingan sai...
  • Kathleen Pechotta
    Jul 25, 2018
    Bittersweet, well researched, I enjoyed every page. For years I wondered why Winchester didn't celebrate Patsy Cline. THIS book led to a greater understanding of the social mores of the area,. ...
  • David Williamson
    Feb 14, 2019
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  • Donna Benton
    Dec 28, 2018
    Lovely style of writing. Story detailing history of the man who brought country music to Winchester, VA. Patsy Cline was one of his discoveries. ...
  • Hillary Copsey
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is a poorly reported, jumbled mess of anecdotes that's not worth anyone's time. ...
  • Brett Marie
    Jul 31, 2018
    My review, for PopMatters: https://www.popmatters.com/homeplace-... ...
  • Cathleen B. Miller
    Aug 20, 2018
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  • Peter Stepek
    Sep 08, 2018
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  • Daniel Ford
    Jul 27, 2018
    From the first word of Homeplace, a reader can tell that this was a labor of love for John Lingan. At the book?s center is Jim McCoy, an earnest, former traveling want-to-be music star who first introduced the airwaves to Patsy Cline. Jim?s story is the starter pistol that leads Li...
  • Brenden Gallagher
    Dec 16, 2018
    I blew through John Lingan's "Homeplace" in two days. But, this isn't to say that the book is shallow or light. This is a book that you float through: its lyrical beauty carries you from chapter to chapter and character to character, back and forth through the history of the town of Wi...
  • Dustin Renner
    Nov 18, 2018
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  • Sally
    Nov 05, 2018
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  • Mark Bailey
    Dec 06, 2018
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  • Khiro Bouazizi
    Aug 12, 2018
    Bittersweet, well researched, I enjoyed every page. For years I wondered why Winchester didn't celebrate Patsy Cline. THIS book led to a greater understanding of the social mores of the area,. ...
  • Marjorie Dillon
    Sep 08, 2018
    I received this book as a gift after a recent trip to Winchester and so was eager to dive into it. It was fascinating to read not only about the Winchester I visited but also the one I missed. Beyond Winchester specifically, the book made me ponder those ways in which all small towns a...
  • Christy
    Feb 20, 2019
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