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Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics of Alt.Country Music (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 0472070533 / ISBN 13: 9780472070534
Edité par The University of Michigan Press, United States, 2008
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Fluid by design, the term Alt.Country has forced even the genre s own mouthpiece, the magazine/website No Depression , to declare its terrain to be alternative-country music (whatever that is) . Although the parameters of Alt.Country have always been muddy, its origins - indeed, its patron saints - have been generally acknowledged to range from the Carter Family and Hank Williams - as interpreters of traditional American country - to the country-rock fusions of Gram Parsons and Steve Earle.From the start, the Alt.Country scene has consciously positioned itself in opposition to the slick country sounds emanating from Nashville hit-machines such as Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, but the genre s embracing of authenticity and disdain for commercialism - while simultaneously injecting into a traditional, working-class music form an often cosmopolitan flavor and Generation X values - has resulted in a fascinating hybrid full of contradictions.In Old Roots, New Routes , Pamela Fox and Barbara Ching bring together a range of scholars to dissect, define, and explore the influences, meanings, and identity of this significant contemporary music form, providing in addition terms by which to approach the worlds of country and alternative music more generally.Individual essays explore the work of a variety of artists, including Neko Case, Jay Farrar, Justin Trevino, and Alt. hero Gram Parson, along with promotional rhetoric, album art, advertising, and fan websites, to offer readers a comprehensive understanding of how alt.country functions as a musical genre. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780472070534

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Titre : Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics...

Éditeur : The University of Michigan Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Old Roots, New Routes takes an in-depth look at the many influences, meanings, and identities of this contemporary music form. Because the definition of the term alt.country changes continually, even the genre's own mouthpiece, the Web site nodepression.com, declared its terrain to be "alternative country (whatever that is)."

Despite alt.country's murky parameters, its origins, indeed, its patron saints, are generally acknowledged to range from the Carter Family and Hank Williams---as interpreters of traditional American country---to the country-rock fusions of Gram Parsons and Steve Earle.

Just as other musical genres before it have distanced themselves from the popular and commercial center, from the start alt.country has positioned itself as a different kind of music than the slick country sounds emanating from Nashville hit machines such as Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. And yet alt.country's embrace of authenticity and disdain for commercialism---while simultaneously injecting into a traditional, working-class music form an often cosmopolitan flavor and "Generation X" values---has resulted in a fascinating hybrid full of contradictions.

In Old Roots, New Routes, Pamela Fox and Barbara Ching bring together a range of scholars to investigate as never before this significant contemporary music form, providing in addition new ways to approach the worlds of country and alternative music more generally. Individual essays explore the work of a variety of artists, including Neko Case, Jay Farrar, Justin Treviño, and alt.country "hero" Gram Parsons, along with promotional rhetoric, album art, advertising, and fan Web sites, to offer readers a comprehensive understanding of how alt.country functions as a distinct musical form.

Pamela Fox is Associate Professor of English and currently the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University. She is the author of Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890–1945.

Barbara Ching is Associate Professor at the University of Memphis. Her previous books include Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture and Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy, coedited with Gerald Creed.

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Pamela Fox is Associate Professor of English and currently the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University. She is the author of Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890-1945. Barbara Ching is Associate Professor and Director of The Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis. Her previous books include Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture and Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy, edited with Gerald Creed.

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