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

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...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...

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...

Country Music and Religion

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...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...

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

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...

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...

Stars Of The Lid’s and Their Refinement Of The Decline (2007)

Walter Holland

Walter Holland (@waxbanks) has written or co-written several books, including A Tiny Space to Move and Breathe, a collection of linked essays about Phish’s Fall 1997 tour. He works as a freelance writer and editor, and lives with his family in Cambridge, MA Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...The machine says I’ve played Stars of the Lid’s album And Their Refinement of the Decline hundreds of times. This would seem to imply that I’ve listened to the album a healthy amount, but I confess that, while I’ve heard it more times than...
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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...

Hank Thompson’s Smoky the Bar (1969)

Joe Bonomo

Joe Bonomo teaches in the English Department of Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band (Continuum 2007), and Installations (Penguin), a collection of prose poems. His personal essays and prose poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Born in Waco, Texas, in 1925, Henry Williams Thompson served in the Second World War as a radioman in the Navy and studied electrical engineering at Princeton University. After the war he returned to the Lone Star State assuming that he’d...

Tom Petty

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...Tom Petty was a significant figure in the rock ‘n’ roll scene during the 1970s and 1980s, most notably for his involvement with his band the Heartbreakers, although he is also known for his solo endeavors. Petty was born Thomas Earl Petty...