From Dwight Garner’s article in The New York Times:

This year’s best reissued coffee table book, for a certain kind of coffee table, anyway, is surely ‘HONKY TONK: PORTRAITS OF COUNTRY MUSIC’ (W. W. Norton & Company, $50), by Henry Horenstein. Mr. Horenstein was a young Massachusetts photographer who found himself drawn to country music in general, and the Grand Ole Opry in particular, in the 1970s. His black-and-white photographs of musicians like Roy Acuff, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Mother Maybelle Carter and Tammy Wynette and George Jones have a stark soulfulness reminiscent of Robert Frank’s work in ‘The Americans.’

This book, first published in 2003, has been updated with the photographer’s more recent work. ‘A lot of people assume that country music is a Southern thing,’ Mr. Horenstein says in his foreword. ‘It isn’t; it’s everywhere.’

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Browse Henry Horenstein’s series, “Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music”