A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music

A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music

by Kristine M. McCusker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1578066786

ISBN-13: 9781578066780

Pub. Date: 11/02/2004

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

The development of country music and its current prominence in the mainstream cannot be appreciated without a comprehensive understanding of the role gender played in shaping the genre. From the smiling, sentimental mothers portrayed in 1930s radio barn dance posters, to the sexual shockwaves generated by Elvis Presley, to the female superstars redefining contemporary

Overview

The development of country music and its current prominence in the mainstream cannot be appreciated without a comprehensive understanding of the role gender played in shaping the genre. From the smiling, sentimental mothers portrayed in 1930s radio barn dance posters, to the sexual shockwaves generated by Elvis Presley, to the female superstars redefining contemporary country music, gender roles and imagery have profoundly influenced the ways country music is made and enjoyed. This collection is the first book-length effort to examine how gender conventions, both masculine and feminine, have structured the creation and marketing of country music. The essays explore the uses of gender in creating the personas of stars as diverse as Elvis Presley, Pasty Cline, and Shania Twain. The authors also examine how deeply conventions have influenced the institutions and everyday experiences that give country music its image: the popular and fan press, the country music industry in Nashville, and the line dance crazes that created the dance hall boom of the 1990s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578066780
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Series:
American Made Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Muddying the Clear Water The Dubious Transparency of Country Musicvii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introductionxix
Bibliography and Further Readingxxiv
"Bury Me Beneath the Willow" Linda Parker and Definitions of Tradition on the National Barn Dance, 1932-19353
"Spade Doesn't Look Exactly Starved" Country Music and the Negotiation of Women's Domesticity in Cold War Los Angeles24
Charline Arthur: The (Un)Making of a Honky-Tonk Star44
I Don't Think Hank Done It That Way: Elvis, Country Music, and the Reconstruction of Southern Masculinity59
"I Wanna Play House" Configurations of Masculinity in the Nashville Sound Era86
Patsy Cline's Crossovers: Celebrity, Reputation, and Feminine Identity107
Dancing Together: The Rhythms of Gender in the Country Dance Hall132
Between Riot Grrrl and Quiet Girl: The New Women's Movement in Country Music155
Going Back to the Old Mainstream: No Depression, Robbie Fulks, and Alt. Country's Muddied Waters178
Postlude196
Notes199
Contributors224
Index227

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