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Lead Belly

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...Despite a short professional career, the lessons learned from the mythology around—and performances of—Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, have provided a rich insight into the early development of commercial American folk music....

“It’s Like Walt Whitman Gave Me a Blow Job”: Action According to Abe Rybeck

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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Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The implicitly collective nature of theater—working together to mount a performance—is perhaps the most profound aspect of the Theater Offensive, an organization dedicated to the presentation of queer works. After all, LGBTQ people have...
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...In the early era of country music recording, the Carter Family became stars and, by the time of the 1960s folk revival, stood as representations of a past musical culture. In 1927, A. P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter went from Virginia...
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...The electric guitar and pounding foot of John Lee Hooker helped to establish blues in the post-World War II American musical culture. Born in Mississippi in either 1912 or 1917, Hooker was homeschooled by his mother...

Researching the South

David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...The South has two principal centers specializing in the study of the southern culture as a whole, including music. The University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture was established in 1977 as a focal point...

Baton Rouge, LA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 227,818 (2000) Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana, is situated on the east bank of the lower Mississippi River, 80 miles (130 km) northwest of New Orleans. Baton Rouge means ‘Red Stick’ in French, the French explorer...

Light is Faster Than Sound: Texans, the Beats and the San Francisco Counterculture

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...‘Just like a regular old beatnik on the road.’ That’s how 27-year-old Janis Joplin, at the height of her fame in 1970, described herself to TV’s Dick Cavett, after she’d spent a few weeks hitchhiking around northern Brazil with her...
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...Sidney Bechet (1897–1959) was an American saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer, best known as a pioneering figure in the evolution of jazz music. Born in New Orleans to a middle-class mixed-race family, Bechet learned to play instruments...

Bill Monroe

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...When Bill Monroe brought together various regional forms to create bluegrass music, he fundamentally altered the trajectory of American music culture and created a factory for producing uniquely talented musicians. Monroe was born...

Country Music and Religion

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Country music’s engagement with religion reflects a larger cultural context of Southern white working-class culture. Even though country music has always had a broader audience demographic, it is still symbolically associated...