Country Music A Cultural and Stylistic History

ISBN-10: 0199730598

ISBN-13: 9780199730599

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jocelyn R. Neal
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Description: A vibrant introduction to a quintessential American art form,Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic Historyis the first undergraduate textbook that focuses solely on country music.Written by an experienced teacher and renowned scholar of the genre, it offers a coherent narrative that explains country music, its origins, its development, and its meaning from the first commercial recordings of the 1920s up to the present. It highlights significant performers, songs, and institutions in country music. It also considers key social, political, and musical issues that span many decades of evolution within the genre.Each part ofCountry Musicopens with an introduction that provides a broad sense of the trends, context, and significant elements of country music during a specific period. Each chapter offers three essential features within the narrative:* Artist Profilesprovide a close look at important figures in the history of country music, from country stars to songwriters to industry personnel* Listening Guidesconnect specific recordings to the ideas presented in each chapter; end-of-chapter playlists offer suggestions for further listening* Boxed essaysoffer in-depth explorations of topics in seven categories: history, musical style, the music business, culture, technology, songwriting, and issues of identityCountry Musicconcludes with three helpful appendices on song form, country music instruments, and finding the recordings.A companion website at www.oup.com/us/neal offers chapter summaries, questions for review, and web links.Offering a thorough overview of a core part of American culture, this compelling and accessible book is ideal as the main text for Country Music courses and as a supplement for courses in American Music and American Popular Music.

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List price: $62.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

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Each Part opens with an Overview
Preface
Introduction: Heading into the Country
Country as Genre
Definition of Country
Is it Real? Issues of Authenticity in Country Music
Goals and Themes
Situating a Performer
How to Listen
Getting Started
The Early Years (1920s and 1930s)
The Birth of Country Music
Musical Sources
New Technologies: Records and Radio
Essay (Culture): Radio Barn Dances
Artist Profile
Audiences
The Business of Music
Essay (Musical Style): Hillbilly Entertainers
The Performers
Listening Guide: "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane"
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues"
Listening Guide: "Hallelujah Side"
Essay (Identity): Women in Early Country Music
The Big Bang of Country Music
Role of the Producer
Essay (Music Business): Copyright
Essay (Technology): Making Records in the 1920s
Listening Guide: "Keep on the Sunny Side"
Artist Profile: The Carter Family and Its Legacy
Listening Guide: "Blue Yodel"
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)"
Contributions of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to Country Music
Listening Guide: "Blue Yodel No. 9"
Essay (Culture): Cover Songs
Essay (Identity): Race in Early Country Music
Innovation and Change
Barn Dance Radio Shows, Stars, and the Brother Acts
Essay (Musical Style): Brother Acts
Essay (Music Business): Sponsorship
Listening Guide: "The Great Speckled Bird"
Artist Profile
Western Swing
Essay (Musical Style): Innovation in Western Swing
Artist Profile
Singing Cowboy
Listening Guide: "New San Antonio Rose"
Essay (Musical Style): Singing Cowboys
Listening Guide: "Back in the Saddle Again"
On the Brink of World War II
World War II and After: Nationalism and Country Music (1940s and 1950s)
Honky-Tonk Heyday
New Radio Stars
Essay (Music Business): Forces behind the Scenes
Country Music Culture in the Postwar Years
Essay (Technology): A New Era in Recording
Essay (Culture): Folk, Country, and the Novelty Song
Honky-Tonk Roots
Essay (Musical Style): Honky-Tonk
Essay (Musical Style): Country Boogie
Listening Guide: "Walking the Floor over You"
The Louisiana Hayride
Honky-Tonk Heyday
Artist Profile
Song Comparison: "In the Jailhouse Now"
Listening Guide: "Your Cheatin' Heart"
The Honky-Tonk Image
Honky-Tonk Angels
Answer Songs
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "(Pay Me) Alimony"
Essay (Songwriting): Songwriting in Nashville
The Impact of Honky-Tonk
The Birth of Bluegrass
The Origins of Bluegrass
Artist Profile
Essay (Musical Style): Bluegrass
Listening Guide: "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
First-Generation Bands
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
Essay (Identity): Women in Bluegrass
Bluegrass Meets Folk
From Bluegrass to Folk to Commercial Country
Essay (Culture): Bluegrass Festivals
Bluegrass as Symbol and Soundtrack
Listening Guide: "Rocky Top"
The Relationship between Bluegrass and Country
Rockabilly and Teen Romance
Setting the Stage: The Emergence of Rock 'n' Roll
Memphis Rockabilly and Elvis Presley
Essay (Culture): Teenagers and Music
Essay (Culture): Cajun Country
Essay (Musical Style): Rockabilly
Song Comparison: "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
Rockabilly as Part of Country Music
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Folsom Prison Blues"Rockabilly Women
Rock 'n' Roll and Country Connections beyond Sun
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "I Gotta Know"Country Teen Crooners
Listening Guide: "Young Love"Coming to an End
The Big Business of Country Music (1960s and 1970s)
The Nashville Sound and Musical Innovation
Artist Profile
The Stars
Essay (Musical Style): The Nashville Sound
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Faded Love"
Listening Guide: "He'll Have to Go"
The Songs
Song Comparison: "Take Me In Your Arms and Hold Me"
Essay (Songwriting): A Professional Writer's Town
Listening Guide: "El Paso"
Essay (Music Business): The Country Music Association
Instrumentals
The Second Wave of Nashville Sound Artists
Making Sense of the Nashville Sound
California Country and Country Rock
Out in Bakersfield
Essay (Musical Style): Bakersfield Sound
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Mama Tried"
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)"
Essay (History): "Okie from Muskogee" and Country Music Politics
Bluegrass Meets Folk-Rock
Country Rock
Essay (Culture): The Byrds on the Opry
Country Rock Branches Out
California Country
Listening Guide: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
Traditionalists and Classic Country
Essay (Musical Style): Classic Country
Classic Country's Female Stars
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Coal Miner's Daughter"
Song Comparison: "Muleskinner Blues"
Classic Country's Male Stars
Essay (Identity): Gender in Classic Country
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Listening Guide: "You've Never Been This Far Before"
Breaking Barriers
Essay (Culture): The Opry Moves
Essay (Songwriting): Story Songs
Essay (Songwriting): Truckin' Songs and the Open Road
The Duets and Ensembles
TV and Country Music
Looking Back on Classic Country
Expansion: From Country to Rock and Pop and Back Again (1970s and 1980s)
Outlaw Country and Southern Rock Rebellion
The Emergence of Outlaw Country
Essay (Music Business): Behaving Like Outlaws
Artist Profile
Essay (Musical Style): Outlaw Country
Album Exploration: Red Headed Stranger
Outlaw Country Runs Its Course
Listening Guide: "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)"
Essay (Culture): Long-Haired Rednecks, Hippies, and Cosmic Cowboys
Southern Rock and the Country Audience
Essay (Musical Style): Southern Rock
Listening Guide: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "The South's Gonna Do It"
Urban Cowboys, Countrypolitan, and the Regan Era
History and Rise of Crossover Country
Essay (Musical Style): Countrypolitan
Pop Culture, the Cowboy, and the Country Boy
Essay (Culture): Country Music on the Silver Screen
Politics, Economics, and the Appeal of the Urban Cowboy
New Media and Breaking Down Genre Borders
The Stars and Songs of Urban Cowboy
Artist Profile
Essay (Music Business): International Country
Listening Guide: "I Was Country (When Country Wasn't Cool)"
Listening Guide: "Love in the First Degree"
The End of Urban Cowboy
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Islands in the Stream"
Neotraditionalists and Remaking the Past
Countrypolitan Fades
Neotraditionalist Philosophy
Essay (Musical Style): Neotraditionalist Recordings
Early Practitioners
Essay (Songwriting): Cover Songs Revisited
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)"
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "How Blue"
Neotraditionalism Takes Root
Listening Guide: "All My Ex's Live in Texas"
Co-opted, Conservative, and Commercial
Essay (Culture): Branson, Missouri, and Country Music Tourism
Country Music In Popular Culture (1990s and 2000s)
The Commercial Country Explosion
The Class of 1989 and "New Country"
Artist Profile
Essay (History): Southernization and Soccer Moms
Essay (Musical Style): New Country and Country Pop
Themes in New Country
Listening Guide: "Friends in Low Places"
Listening Guide: "Gone Country"
Stylistic Pendulums and Country Pop
Essay (Culture): Line Dancing
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Any Man of Mine"
Essay (Songwriting): Songwriting and Sophistication
The End of the 1990s
Alternative Country and Roots Revival
Defining Alternative Country
Alternative Country Origins
Alternative Country Coalesces
A Broader Definition: Alternative Country as Musical Space
Artist Profile
Essay (Technology): The Internet Age
Listening Guide: "No Depression"
Essay (Musical Style): What Alt-Country Doesn't Sound Like
Listening Guide: "Suppose Tonight Would Be Our Last"
Essay (Culture): Gay Line Dancing
Americana
Another Alternative: Bluegrass
The Impact on Mainstream Country
Artist Profile
Changes in Commercial Country
Murder on Music Row: The Turning Tide
Listening Guide: "Man of Constant Sorrow"
Essay (Culture): The O Brother Phenomenon
Into the Present
Country Music in the Spotlight
Essay (Culture): Dixie Chicks and Politics
Listening Guide: "Long Time Gone"
Listening Guide: "Whiskey Lullaby"
Return of Roots and Rednecks
Artist Profile
Listening Guide: "Redneck Woman"
Americana and Alternative?
Pop Culture Lays Claim to Country Music
Artist Profile
Essay (Identity): Race in Contemporary Country
Essay (Technology): MP3s Please
Reflecting and Projecting Meaning
The Main Themes in Country Music's History
Looking Forward
Song Form
Country Instruments
Finding the Recordings
Glossary
Timeline
Selected Bibliography
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