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In "Creating Country Music," Richard Peterson traces the development of country music and its institutionalization from Fiddlin' John Carson's pioneering recordings in Atlanta in 1923 to the posthumous success of Hank Williams. Peterson captures the free-wheeling entrepreneurial spirit of the era, detailing the activities of the key promoters who sculpted the emerging country music scene. More than just a history of the music and its performers, this book is the first to explore what it means to be authentic within popular culture.
" Peterson] restores to the music a sense of fun and diversity and possibility that more naive fans (and performers) miss. Like Buck Owens, Peterson knows there is no greater adventure or challenge than to 'act naturally.'"--Ken Emerson, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"A triumphal history and theory of the country music industry between 1920 and 1953."--Robert Crowley, "International Journal of Comparative Sociology"
"One of the most important books ever written about a popular music form."--Timothy White, "Billboard Magazine"
|Acknowledgments: A Note on Method|
|Introduction: Finding Country Authenticity|
|Making the Music Commercial|
|Atlanta: Birthplace of Commercial Country Music|
|Renewable Tradition: The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers Gallery 1|
|The Folk vs. Pop Look|
|Fabricating the Image of Authenticity|
|Old-Timer Image of Authenticity|
|Hillbilly Image of Authenticity|
|Cowboy Image of Authenticity Gallery 2 Geezers, Hillbillies, and Cowboys|
|Radio-Made Country Music in the 1930s|
|The Barn Dance in the Air|
|Radio Station Barnstorming|
|Soft Shell vs. Hard Core: The Vagabonds vs. Roy Acuff Gallery 3 The Evolving Hard-Core and Soft Shell Looks|
|Making Country Reproducible|
|Honky-Tonk Firmament: Lives, Music, Lyrics|
|Hank Williams as the Personification of Country Music Gallery 4 Iconic Country|
|Creating a Field Called "Country"|
|Authenticity and the Future of Country Music|
|Authenticity: A Renewable Resource|
|Can the Circle Be Unbroken? Notes References Credits General Index Song|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.8 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition