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“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, and Director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has published and taught extensively on popular music, popular culture, and culture of the American left. Rubin is a regular media commentator on popular culture and public affairs. 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...

“The Anti-Slavery Act of 2002”: Private Prisons and Social Justice According to Si Kahn

Rachel Lee Rubin

Rachel Lee Rubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, and Director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has published and taught extensively on popular music, popular culture, and culture of the American left. Rubin is a regular media commentator on popular culture and public affairs. 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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...“Prisons have become the solution of choice to every single social issue that we have in this country,” musician and organizer Si Kahn told me. Born in 1944, Kahn has been, for the past forty years, a part-time folksinger and a full-time...

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....
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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...

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...
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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...

“I’ll Throw This Apple Atcha”: Mining and Meaning According to Billy Edd Wheeler

Rachel Lee Rubin

Rachel Lee Rubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, and Director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society. She has published and taught extensively on popular music, popular culture, and culture of the American left. Rubin is a regular media commentator on popular culture and public affairs. 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 trajectory of Billy Edd Wheeler’s life is striking. Born in 1932 in Whitesville, West Virginia, he grew up in a nearby small coal camp called Highcoal. The community, he recalls, was home to about 200 families; it was crowded...

Hip hop and humanism: Thinking against new (and old) fundamentalisms

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to Monica Miller and Anthony Pinn, both of whom provided extensive and detailed feedback throughout the process. I am deeply thankful to both.Even a cursory look at hip hop today reveals...

Keep A-Knockin’

David Kirby

David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Among his thirty books is The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. He has written on music for The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Book Review, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Georgia Music, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Little Richard : The Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll

The Continuum, 2009

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...As both James Brown and Smokey Robinson point out, Little Richard began with piano-driven rock; his boogie-woogie piano recalls the use to which that instrument was put in the big-band music of the 1940s. To this melodic structure he adds...