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Sweet Air Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song

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ISBN-10: 0252078926

ISBN-13: 9780252078927

Edition: 2013

Authors: Edward P. Comentale

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Sweet Airrewrites the history of early twentieth-century pop music in modernist terms. Tracking the evolution of popular regional genres such as blues, country, folk, and rockabilly in relation to the growth of industry and consumer culture, Edward P. Comentale shows how this music became a vital means of exploring the new and often overwhelming feelings brought on by modern life. Comentale examines these rural genres as they translated the traumas of local experience--the racial violence of the Delta, the mass exodus from the South, the Dust Bowl of the Texas panhandle--into sonic form. Considering the accessibility of these popular music forms, he asserts the value of music as a source of…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 3/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Edward P. Comentale, Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University, is author of Masses in Relation: Art and Politics in Avant-garde England, 1909--1915. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage and Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theater. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.Skip Willman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota. He lives in Vermillion, South Dakota.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: From a Basement on Long Island to a Mansion on the Hill
Lord, It Just Won't Stop! Work and Blues in the Industrial Delta
Thought I Had Your Heart Forever: Death, Detachment, and the Modernity of Early Country Music
A Rambling Funny Streak: Woody Guthrie, Revolutionary Folk Song, and the Migrant Art of the Refrain
Four Elvises: On the Dada Possibilities of Midcentury Rock and Roll and Modern Fan Culture
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