A must read for music lovers. This book is so fascinating and entertaining that it is easy to forget how radical and contentious the main argument is. The argument is very well made, and provides an excellent counterpoint to the usual racial veiw of American music. There are so many wonderful anecdotes here, so much delicious knowledge. It is an important, encyclopedic work that is skillfully compressed into an enjoyable romp through the wonderful story of North America's greatest art forms it's "home grown" music.