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Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene
Country music of the late 1960s and early 1970s was a powerful symbol of staunch conservative resistance to the emerging counterculture. But starting around 1972, the city of Austin, Texas became host to a growing community of musicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and fans who saw country music as a part of their collective heritage and sought to merge it with countercult ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published April 22nd 2011)
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The author explores the progressive country music scened in Austin, Texas during the '60s and '70s. I found the book to be fascinating. Stimeling does an amazing job of showing cultural connections between the hippy movement an music in Austin during that time. He also describes the reaction of this movement by consumers of the culture as well as those opposedto it. I found Stimeling's discussion on live recordings vs. studio recordings to be very informative. Having grown up in a more commercia ...more