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...The career of Emmylou Harris, which began with her work with country rock innovator Gram Parsons, developed her into one of the major voices of progressive country music in the 1970s. Born in 1947 in Alabama, Harris was raised in North...

Lena Horne

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...As a jazz singer and civil rights activist, Lena Horne combined music and politics through her twentieth-century career. Born in Brooklyn in 1917 to an upper middle-class family, Horne was sent to Georgia when she was five. She returned...

Thanks for the Pepperoni

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...It’s easy to be a fan of George Harrison. He has left us with a series of beautiful songs that weather well in the memory. Some of these are known to almost everybody—“While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Something,” “What...

The Songs of George Harrison

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...“All Things Must Pass.” The song for which George’s 1970 album is named. One can hear an acoustic demo on The Beatles’ Anthology 3 (1996), which was recorded during the 1969 Get Back sessions. Drawing generously from a poem in Timothy...

The Art of Dying

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...To be born is like being hanged: it’s only a matter of time before we’re done. We’re all condemned to die. But being alive is in and of itself a positive thing, and we typically dread the inevitable. Our dread has deep biological roots....

Cheb Hasni

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...The murder of Cheb Hasni by religious extremists in Algeria helped transform the musical idiom in which he performed, rai, from a secular dance music to the protest music of young Algerians in the early 1990s. Born in 1968 in Oran, Algeria,...

The Love There That’s Sleeping

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...Every religion seeks to answer three fundamental questions. The first question, which implies discontent with the way things are, is: What is wrong with human beings? The second question, which summons hope, is: What is our ultimate destiny...
...The life and career of Merle Haggard reads as a country music mythic story. Haggard’s parents moved from Oklahoma during the Great Depression, and Haggard was born in California in 1937. After his father’s death in 1945, Haggard became...

Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee: Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Rachel Lee Rubin

Rachel Lee Rubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, where she directs the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has authored and edited numerous books on American popular culture including Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture, American Identities: An Introductory Textbook, American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century, and an upcoming title for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, Okie from Muskogee. She is a regular commentator on public radio and frequently quoted as a popular culture expert in the mainstream media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

33 1/3 Books

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...Every now and then, a song inspires a cultural conversation that ends up looking like a brawl. Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee, released in 1969, is a prime example of that important role of popular music. Okie immediately helped...

God, God, God

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...Two songs aptly flank George Harrisons solo career. The first is “My Sweet Lord,” the infectious hit from his earliest post-Beatle album, All Things Must Pass. George’s solo career actually began when he was still...