MARK GUARINO‘s book COUNTRY AND MIDWESTERN: CHICAGO IN THE HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND THE FOLK REVIVAL will be out April 23, 2023, published by the University of Chicago Press. The book is the first to document the history of country and folk music in Chicago. It spans the decades starting with the National Barn Dance in the 1920s to the alt-country era of the late 1980s and beyond.

Forward by Robbie Fulks. Greg Kot of Sound Opinions has already chimed in, saying:

“Long before Nashville’s emergence as the country-music capital, Chicago held sway with the nationally broadcast “Barn Dance” and a honky-tonk row of music venues on Madison Street. Mark Guarino masterfully connects the dots between that star-making era to a contemporary scene devoted to insurgent country. This is a definitive and long-overdue look at a vital if under-appreciated thread in how so-called “hillbilly music” evolved and flourished in a seemingly incongruous setting: the hard streets of Chicago.”

The book is already on Chicago’s catalog site. Visit often to see the cover, currently in the works, and to pre-order!

Mark’s second book is already underway! The University of Wisconsin Press put him under contract to write KILLINGS IN KENOSHA: HOW LIES, FEAR, AND GUNS, TURNED AMERICA AGAINST ITSELF, a forensic look at the social unrest and violence that took place August 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Look for it in 2024-2025. More on this soon.

Mark has an MFA in Writing from Bennington College in Vermont.