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Overview

The new edition of this popular classroom anthology brings together the best recent essays by distinguished geographers on region, music and their interrelatedness. While emphasizing the regional nature of American music, the book introduces geographical concepts such as location factors, spatial organization, distribution, and diffusion. The study follows the paths of four types of American folk and popular music: gospel, country, jazz, and rock from their origins to their geographic centers. The contributors include Thomas Arkell, R.W. Butler, James R. Curtis, Larry Ford, Jon A. Glasgow, Charles F. Gritzner, A.D. Horsley, Robert Kuhlken, John Lehr, Christopher Lornell, Rocky Sexton.

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Editorial Reviews

Annals
The only geographical study on the folk and popular music of our continent. . . . Carney has excelled in this pioneering collection to assemble the best and most timely works available from the academic literature on this sorely needed topic.
Hearth Area
Carney assembles the best of the article's in the field and places them together in a volume that is stronger than his first two efforts . . . if you are interested in a new perspective in American vernacular music and a world where the terms
Journal Of Geography
The only book ever published on the geography of music. It is also an essential collection of research-based essays that can be used by teachers at both the precollegiate and collegiate levels....Many of the articles written by the 14 contributors illustrate the concepts of culture hearths, cultural adaptation, diffusion mechanisms, differential rates of adoption, and other basic elements of cultural geography in a manner that is both accessible and interesting.
Whole Earth Review
This is a true 'geography' of American musical genres. . . .Sounds[is] a must for any aficionado of popular music or student of American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819164148
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/23/1987
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

George O. Carney is Regents Professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Graphs
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 North American Music: A Historic-Geographic Overview 11
2 The Geography of Music: Inventory and Prospect 23
3 Selected Reading and Listening I 37
4 The Ozarks: A Reinterpretation Based on Folk Song Materials 41
5 Geography on Record: Origins and Diffusion of the Blues 55
6 The Geography of Zydeco Music 63
7 Spatial Perspectives on the Field Recording of Traditional American Music: A Case Study from Tennessee in 1928 77
8 T for Texas, T for Tennessee: The Origins of American Country Music Notables 85
9 Okie from Muskogee: The Spatial Dimensions of Oklahoma Country Music 101
10 Selected Reading and Listening II 109
11 Country Music and the South: A Cultural Geography Perspective 115
12 Bluegrass Grows All Around: The Spatial Dimensions of a Country Music Style 137
13 From Down Home to Uptown: The Diffusion of Country Music Radio Stations in the United States 161
14 The Spatial Impact of White Gospel Quartets in the United States 177
15 An Example of Spatial Diffusion: Jazz Music 191
16 Geographic Factors in the Origin, Evolution, and Diffusion of Rock and Roll Music 203
17 The Geography of Rock: 1954-1970 215
18 Selected Reading and Listening III 245
19 Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl 253
20 The Miami Sound: A Contemporary Latin Form of Place-Specific Music 263
21 Texas When I Die: National Identity and Images of Place in Canadian Country Music Broadcasts 275
22 The Image of Place in American Popular Music: 1890-1970 291
23 Country Music: A Reflection of Popular Culture 303
24 Selected Reading and Listening IV 315
Index 319
About the Contributors 329
About the Editor 331
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