Glaser’s New Book Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nashville in the ‘70s

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

 Dave Carew


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Glaser’s New Book Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nashville in the ‘70s

The 1970s were the decade in which Nashville’s music scene changed forever—transforming from Hillbilly to Music City, fueled by the Outlaw movement. Now—in a fascinating new behind-the-scenes account—Dennis Glaser (Tompall’s cousin and former manager) offers a revealing new look at that seminal era, as it was lived by the people he met during those years. The book is titled Music City’s Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels.

Among the many fascinating, pivotal figures Glaser knew personally and writes about are Waylon Jennings, Earl Scruggs, Captain Midnight, Shel Silverstein, Tom T. Hall,  Bill Littleton, Johnny Darrell, and Billy Walker.

Glaser’s book offers a you-are-there look at how the artists—sparked by the Outlaw movement—progressed from record label control to development of today’s relationship between art and business. Glaser was present at the birth of the new reality, and gives us a never-before-seen look at that key moment in Music City history.

Music City’s Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels will be available soon from  Watch for the review of Dennis Glaser’s new book in a future post.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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