As exhaustive as a 16-and-a-half-hours may have seemed to non-fans, filmmaker Ken Burns and his team could only cover so much with their Country Music documentary. Instead of telling the full story of 20th century country music, the eight-episode series serves as a key to a much larger map, listing off names and events to further investigate while browsing a local book or record store.

If reading is your gateway to learning more about stories relived by Burns’ narrators -- and quite a few they skipped over -- consider these 10 books that cover the same time period and topics addressed in the film.

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