A country singer and a historian team up to look at all the songs that shaped America
What do a country singer and a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer have in common? Well, for starters, they wrote a book.
Tim McGraw, the Grammy award-winning country music singer, has teamed up with Jon Meacham, an award-winning biographer and professor at Vanderbilt University, for a book that delves into the intersection of politics and music.
The book, "Songs of America: Patriotism, protest, and the music that made a nation," comes out tomorrow.
It analyzes songs from "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Born in the U.S.A." Meacham's contributions focuses on the history of the songs, while McGraw, fittingly, looks at them through the lens of a performer.
"Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation," said Penguin Random House in a description of the new book.
It won't just focus on big moments
If the book sounds broad, that's because it is. According to Penguin, the book will begin with hymns from the Revolutionary War, then go through the Civil War, women's suffrage, both world wars, the Great Depression, and so on until the present day.
Meacham and McGraw aren't just focusing on big moments in history. They'll also analyze the role music played in the lives of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt, while also examining iconic musicians of our time, like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington.
Meacham has written multiple political biographies, including "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power."
McGraw is a Grammy award-winning country music singer, who's released 15 albums since 1994.
This isn't McGraw's first foray into authorship. McGraw has also written two children's books -- "My Little Girl" and "Love Your Heart" -- and has a lifestyle book out later this year entitled "Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life."
Musician Quincy Jones praised "Songs of America," saying "It is a glorious celebration of our diversity — and of the strength that comes from the myriad voices of all races that make us who we are."
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