Forty years after he began documenting the country-music scene in and around Nashville, Henry Horenstein’s deep love for the music and its people continues. Having spent a lifetime around performers and fans, he has been granted access to the high-glamour backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in its heyday, as well as the rough-and-tumble dive bars and family-friendly festivals. Spanning from 1972 to 2011, Horenstein’s photographs capture the irrepressible spirit of an American institution as it has evolved over the years.

[Text taken from the dust jacket for Henry Horenstein, Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music (New York City: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012).]

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