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Creating Country Music : Fabricating Authenticity - Richard Peterson

Creating Country Music

Fabricating Authenticity

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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
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ISBN: 9780226662855
ISBN-10: 0226662853
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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