Southern Music/American Music

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 13, 2015 - Music - 248 pages
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The South -- an inspiration for songwriters, a source of styles, and the birthplace of many of the nation's greatest musicians -- plays a defining role in American musical history. It is impossible to think of American music of the past century without such southern-derived forms as ragtime, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, rhythm and blues, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano, rock'n'roll, and even rap. Musicians and listeners around the world have made these vibrant styles their own.

Southern Music/American Music is the first book to investigate the facets of American music from the South and the many popular forms that emerged from it. In this substantially revised and updated edition, Bill C. Malone and David Stricklin bring this classic work into the twenty-first century, including new material on recent phenomena such as the huge success of the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the renewed popularity of Southern music, as well as important new artists Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, and the Dixie Chicks, among others. Extensive bibliographic notes and a new suggested listening guide complete this essential study.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Folk Origins of Southern Music
5
2 National Discovery
20
Ragtime Blues Jazz
39
Tejano Cajun Hillbilly Gospel
58
5 The Great Depression and New Technologies
71
6 The Nationalization of Southern Music
90
Rock Gospel Soul
108
8 The National Resurgence of Country Music
129
9 A Future in the Past
155
Conclusion
176
Notes
181
Bibliographical Notes
191
Suggested Listening
217
Index
221
Copyright

Illustrations
116

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Bill C. Malone, widely recognized as country music's ranking senior authority, is professor emeritus of history at Tulane University and the author of many books about country music.

David Stricklin, assistant professor of history at Lyon College, is the author of A Genealogy of Dissent: Southern Baptist Protest in the Twentieth Century.

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