Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Jul 19, 2001 - Music - 200 pages
1 Review
This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses on its low position in the American cultural hierarchy, comically singing of failures to live up to American standards of affluence, while mainstream country music focuses on nostalgia, romance, and patriotism of regular folk. With chapters on Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, and the Outlaw Movement, this book is written in a jargon-free, engaging style that will interest both academic as well as general readers.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Wrong's what I do best: hard country music and contemporary culture

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

A professor of English (Univ. of Memphis) and obvious country music fanatic, Ching offers a study of the basis and social implications of "hard country." She begins by defining her subject as the ... Read full review

Contents

Learning the hard way
3
Contemporary hard country and the incurable unease of class distinction
8
The burlesque abjection of the white male
26
Hank Williams and the legacy of hard country stardom
47
Buck Owens Dwight Yoakam and the Bakersfield Sound
89
Hard country at the finish line?
119
Notes
135
Works Cited
161
Index
171
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2001)

Barbara Ching is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Memphis. She co-edited Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy (1997).

Bibliographic information