Country Music Goes to War

Country Music Goes to War

by Charles K. Wolfe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813123089

ISBN-13: 9780813123080

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

"Dramatic and tragic sentiments are often at the heart of country music lyrics, making the theme of war a natural subject for this genre of music. While the popularity of war songs has varied over the last two centuries, several of these songs have become part of the standard country music repertoire. Country Music Goes to War presents fourteen essays that explore the…  See more details below

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"Dramatic and tragic sentiments are often at the heart of country music lyrics, making the theme of war a natural subject for this genre of music. While the popularity of war songs has varied over the last two centuries, several of these songs have become part of the standard country music repertoire. Country Music Goes to War presents fourteen essays that explore the tradition of war-related country music and its impact." The essays in Country Music Goes to War discuss songs dating from the Civil War to the 9/11 attacks and the current war in Iraq, as well as country musicians from such unlikely places as Northern Ireland and Australia. Although the authors approach their subjects from varying perspectives, all address one common concern: what functions do these songs play in different societies and historical periods? The authors contend that country music is a cultural bellwether, and its artists and songs continue to spark discussion, capture hearts, and inspire listeners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123080
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1The Civil War in country music tradition1
2"Bloody war" : war songs in early country music26
3"There's a star spangled banner waving somewhere" : the story behind its success33
4Gene Autry in World War II43
5Peace in the valley : the development of John Lair's enterprises during WWII58
6Hayloft patriotism : the National barn dance during World War II81
7"Jesus hits like an atom bomb" : nuclear warfare in country music, 1944-56102
8Purple hearts, heartbreak ridge, and Korean mud : pain, patriotism, and faith in the 1950-53 "police action"126
9"Dear Ivan" : country music perspectives on the Soviet Union and the Cold War143
10"True patriot" : Brian Letton goes to war152
11"Alternative" to what? : o brother, September 11, and the politics of country music164
12Ulster loyalism and country music, 1969-85192
13In whose name? : country artists speak out on Gulf War II208
14Country music : a teaching tool for dealing with war227

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