By Joan Burbick
So who're the ladies in the back of the candy-red chaps, Farrah Fawcett curls, and rhinestone tiaras? Burbick traveled the backroads of the agricultural West for years, looking for out. She interviewed dozens of queens, together with rodeo royalty from the Nineteen Thirties and 40s, ladies who grew up breaking wild horses, branding calves, and witnessing the unhappy decline of the ranching existence. tales from white and local American rodeo queens within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, the golden age of rodeo, exhibit the conflicts over gender and race that formed the rodeo and the chilly warfare politics of small Western cities. ultimately, rodeo queens from the Nineteen Seventies to the current describe a extra fiercely advertisement rodeo, pushed mostly by way of TV-ratings and sponsorships, glitter and hairspray.
Illustrated all through with exceptional images, this wealthy tapestry of women's voices echoes and demanding situations our clichés of the agricultural West. Their mixed tales of fulfilled goals and misplaced hopes exhibit the tenacity of the parable of the yank West, a spot of muscled males, golden-haired ladies, relentless good looks and tragic limits.
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Rodeo Queens: On The Circuit With America's Cowgirls (Images of America) by Joan Burbick