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Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity
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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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