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Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse

Katie Lee

This classic of cowboy lore including illustrations by cowboy artist William Moyers, first published in 1976, is now available only from the University of New Mexico Press.

"A beautiful job, exact, comprehensive and witty. Should remain a basic history of the subject for many years to come."--Edward Abbey


In her forty-year career in the entertainment industry, Katie Lee has been an author, musicologist, folk singer, storyteller, Hollywood actress, song-writer, filmmaker, photographer, poet, and river runner. She lives in Jerome, Arizona.


"A joyful, spirited and valuable contribution to the literature and music of the West."


Sing Out!

"A joyous book about cowboy songs and their singers. . . . Katie Lee sets the record straight. . . . Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle, the title of one of the songs she sings, is written in a breezy, conversational style with a refreshingly unlaundered vocabulary. The text is liberally sprinkled with verses of the songs and there is a separate compendium of songs giving melody and discography and other pertinent information about each."


Arizona Highways

"A perfect blend of scholarship and feeling for the country and the people and the traditions. . . . a book to treasure. Katie Lee has matched her fine performing capability with a book that blends verse, prose and music for the most enjoyable single volume on the cattle industry since Frank Dobie died."


El Paso Times

" . . . ably and fascinatingly traces the evolution of the cowboy song . . . extremely learned and informative . . . " Goddam Cattle" is as much a book about language and interpretation and morals and creative license and the land of the west . . . as it is about goddam cowboy songs."


The Santa Fe New Mexican

" . . . folklorists, cowboy singers and music lovers should be pleased that this classic . . . has been reissued by UNM Press . . . in a breezy style that would make J. Frank Dobie proud."


Old West Journal

6 x 9 in. 271 pages 16 line drawings