By Joan Burbick

A bittersweet trip into the lives of ladies who've labored the rodeo circuit from the Nineteen Thirties to this day. . Rodeo has regularly been thought of a supremely masculine activity, a coarse and tumble demonstrate of macho energy and talent. yet writer Joan Burbick indicates us the opposite aspect of rodeo: the area of rodeo queens-part cowgirl and half festival princess-who wave and smile and retain the dream of the appropriate Western girl alive. 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, girls who grew up breaking wild horses, branding calves, and witnessing the unhappy decline of the ranching lifestyles. tales from white and local American rodeo queens within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, the golden age of rodeo, show the conflicts over gender and race that formed the rodeo and the chilly struggle politics of small Western cities. ultimately, rodeo queens from the Seventies to the current describe a extra fiercely advertisement rodeo, pushed mostly by means of TV-ratings and sponsorships, glitter and hairspray. Illustrated all through with brilliant pictures, this wealthy tapestry of women's voices echoes and demanding situations our clichs of the agricultural West. Their mixed tales of fulfilled goals and misplaced hopes show the tenacity of the parable of the yankee West, a spot of muscled males, golden-haired ladies, relentless attractiveness and tragic limits.

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