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Smile when you call me a hillbilly : country music's struggle for respectability, 1939-1954

Author: Jeffrey J Lange
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Jeffrey J. Lange examines the 1940s and early 1950s as the most crucial period in country music's transformation from a rural, southern folk art form to a national phenomenon. As he analyzes the recordings and comments of each of the subgenre's most significant artists, including Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Red Foley, he traces the many paths the musical form took on its road  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey J Lange
ISBN: 0820326224 9780820326221 0820326232 9780820326238
OCLC Number: 54096821
Description: x, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The nationalization of country music. Radio barn dances, schoolhouse shows, and "hillbilly" domestication : progressive country music in the prewar era ; The great breakthrough : World War II and the national acceptance of country music ; The southwestern component : Texas swing, western swing, and urban country music --
The modernization of country music. Alternative string bands and old-time revivalists : the postwar traditionalists ; Country music at the dawn of the sunbelt era : honky-tonk and the promotional blitz ; The sophistication of country music : the rise of country pop in the postwar decade ; Across the great divide : country blues renaissance and the centralization of country music.
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