The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond

The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond

by Michael Scott Cain


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442269408
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/15/2017
Series: Roots of American Music: Folk, Americana, Blues, and Country Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 873,896
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Scott Cain is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently East Point Poems, and three novels, including Midnight Train, a country music novel. After teaching popular culture and literature at the collegiate level for forty years, he now covers the topic in the Frederick News-Post while also serving as jazz, blues, poetry, and folklore editor for Rambles.

Table of Contents

1. Origins of the Americana Movement
2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
3. When Things Go Wrong, Blame the Radio
4. Don’t Drink from a Bottle If You Didn’t See It Opened
Interlude: Roger McGuinn: Respecting Tradition While Transforming It
5. “If I could find a white boy who sang black”
6. Appropriating Black Culture
Interlude: Rosanne Cash
7. The Irish Claim the Bronx
8. Bringing the Good News
9. The Battle for the Soul
Interlude: Kris Kristofferson
10. As Duke Ellington Said, There’s Only Two Types of Music: Good and Bad
11. Speaking the Truth to Those Who Have Ears to Listen
12. Americana as a Symbol of Musical Adulthood
13. Let’s Go Backwards When Forwards Fails
14. Swallowing Other Genres
15. A Sense of Community
16. It Might Be a Great Bag to Be In, But Why Must I Be in a Bag at All?
Interlude: Jim Lauderdale
17. The Archetype of Americana
18. Back to the Question: Do We Have Any Idea What Americana Is?
Coda: An Annotated List of Recommended Recordings
Select Bibliography

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