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- DescriptionCountry music evokes a simple, agrarian past, with images of open land and pickup trucks. While some might think of the genre as a repository of stalgia, popular because it preserves and reveres traditional values, Jeremy Hill argues that country music has found such expansive success because its songs and its people have forcefully addressed social and cultural issues as well as geographic change. Hill demonstrates how the genre and its fans developed a flexible idea of country, beyond their rural roots, and how this flexibility allowed fans and music to come to town, to move into and within urban spaces, while retaining a country character. To understand how the genre has become the far-reaching commercial phemen that it is today, Hill explores how various players within the country music fold have grappled with the tion of place. He shows both how the industry has transformed the city of Nashville and how country music -- through song lyrics, imagery associated with the music, and branding -- has reshaped ideas about the American landscape and character. As the genre underwent significant change in the last decades of the twentieth century, those who sought to explain its new styles and new locations relied on a traditional theme: You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. Hill demonstrates how this idea -- that you can still be country while longer living in a rural place -- has been used to expand country's commercial appeal and establish a permanent home in the urban space of Nashville.
- Author BiographyJeremy Hill, who earned a PhD in American studies from George Washington University, is an independent scholar who lives in Chicago, USA.
- Author(s)Jeremy Hill
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2016
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleAmerican Popular Music
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Content Note4 illustrations
- Weight825 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
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