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...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...

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...

Bakersfield Sound

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The Bakersfield Sound refers to a style of country music that developed within and around the southern portion of central California’s San Joaquin Valley in the 1940s and 1950s, and rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s...

Bakersfield/Central Valley, CA

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Bakersfield – 400,000 (2003) The Central Valley of California, also known as the San Joaquin Valley, was first settled 8,000 years ago by the Yokuts Indians. It was not until 1827 that US...

Country Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘country rock’ is most generally associated with a style of acoustic and pedal steel guitar/lush vocal harmony-based soft rock often labeled the ‘California sound’ of the mid-1970s. It is best represented by the music...

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Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. 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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...Population 33,871,648 (2000) The most populous of all the United States, and the second-largest below the 49th parallel (Alaska and Texas are larger), California has a land area of 155,959 sq miles (403,934 sq...

Country Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Country music is an extremely diverse genre unified more by its lyrical tropes, imagery, audience and institutional history than by stylistic coherence. The term ‘country music’ did not appear as the consensus genre label until the early...