|JIM ROONEY - In It For The Long Run BOOK
A Musical Odyssey
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Large trade paperback
From Amazon: "Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a
teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical
journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American
music including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and
Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is
Rooney's kaleidoscopic first-hand account of more than five decades of
success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher,
engineer, and record producer.
- Series: Music in American Life
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (February 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252079817
- ISBN-13: 978-0252079818
9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
As witness to and participant in
over a half century of music history, Rooney provides a sophisticated
window into American vernacular music. Following his stint as a 'Hayloft
Jamboree' hillbilly singer in the mid-1950s, Rooney managed Cambridge's
Club 47, a catalyst of the ‘60’s folk music boom. He soon moved to the
Newport Folk Festival as talent coordinator and director where he had a
front row seat to Dylan 'going electric.'
In the 1970s Rooney's
odyssey continued in Nashville where he began engineering and producing
records. His work helped alternative country music gain a foothold in
Music City and culminated in Grammy nominations for singer-songwriters
John Prine, Iris Dement, and Nanci Griffith. Later in his career he was a
key link connecting Nashville to Ireland's folk music scene.
Writing songs or writing his memoir, Jim Rooney is the consummate storyteller. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is his singular chronicle from the heart of Americana."
"I know how lucky I am to have connected with Jim all
those years back when I was just starting out. He always had a way of
lifting us all up out of the everyday. We never forgot that we were
trying to make music that'd help people get THROUGH the everyday, but,
ironically, you have to get on up out of it for awhile in order to do
that. Jim always made that possible for me."
a singer and entertainer, record producer and song publisher, Jim
Rooney has been right smack in the middle of so much authentic American
music for over 50 years. His guiding hand has helped launch and expand
the careers of a host of great artists and I can't imagine the arc of my
own success without the benefit of Jim's natural musical integrity and
--Pat Alger, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
"Without Jim Rooney's early encouragement, I would not have a career."
"Wonderful fellow with an interesting life equals great story." --John Prine
About the Author
Jim Rooney is a songwriter and Grammy winning record producer, and author of Bossmen: Bill Monroe & Muddy Waters and coauthor of Baby, Let Me Follow You Down. In 2009 he received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Americana Music Association
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