Natural Acts: Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music

Natural Acts: Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music

by Pamela Fox
     
 

Whether found in country barn dances, the plaintive twang at Hank Williams, the glitzy of Dolly Parton, or the country-pop sound of Faith Hill, country music has always maintained an allegiance to its own authenticity. Its specific soimdsand images Have changed over the past century, but country musk has consistently been associated with rusticity, a notion

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Whether found in country barn dances, the plaintive twang at Hank Williams, the glitzy of Dolly Parton, or the country-pop sound of Faith Hill, country music has always maintained an allegiance to its own authenticity. Its specific soimdsand images Have changed over the past century, but country musk has consistently been associated with rusticity, a notion connected to the working; class and rooted in ideals like unspoiled rural life and values and humble origins. The music suggests not only uncomplicated musical arrangements and old-time instruments such as the banjo and fiddle, but performers who identify with their everyday fans.

Natural Acts explores the ways that country musicians-particularly women artists-have established a "natural" country identity. Pamela Fox focuses on five revealing moments in country performance; blackface comedy during country music's "Golden Age" of pre-1945 radio and stage programming; the minstrel's "rube" or hillbilly equivalent in the same period; postwar honky-tonk musk and culture; the country star memoir or autobiography of the '80s and '90s; and the recent roots phenomenon known as alt.country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472050680
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Class : Culture Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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