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Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity

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In Creating Country Music, Richard Peterson traces the development of country music and its institutionalization from Fiddlin' John Carson's pioneering recordings in Atlanta in 1923 to the posthumous success of Hank Williams. Peterson captures the free-wheeling entrepreneurial spirit of the era, detailing the activities of the key promoters who sculpted the emerging countr ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 15th 1999 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1997)
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Gwen
Oct 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
A pretty interesting book on the creating of the commercial country music industry. It especially focuses on how "authenticity" was codified in certain types of clothing, guitars, beards, etc., so that performers had to appropriate them in order to claim the right to perform country music. Most of the early country performers, esp. of the "singing cowboy" mold, were actors or educated urbanites who had no connection to the Tennessee hills or farm country where "real" country music artists were s ...more
Gemma
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
five stars for value within the field of cultural sociology (and ability to live up to that value); I confess, three stars for my personal tastes
Alexa
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
In spite of what I expected to be an uninteresting case study, this is a really engaging sociological take on structuralist analysis. Very readable and educational.
JayKeast
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. Pretty well constructed.
Joe Matson
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Peterson tackles the making of a style, 1923-53. Some of the middle chapters drag a bit, but the first few and especially the last are quite strong.
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