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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...

“Sometimes I Get Political, Sometimes I Get Offensive”: Pushing Back According to Dallas Wayne

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

Scholarly Books

...“Just jump in and grab it,” Dallas Wayne told me in an effort to summarize how to write country music that speaks to social realities. Wayne’s music “grabs it” so well that despite his frequent engagement of serious content, his songs...

“Can I Take My Dog with Me to Heaven?” Swedish Country Music and Religion

Religion and Popular Music : Artists, Fans, and Cultures

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...In the lyrics and culture of US country music, expressions of a conservative, popular, and down-to-earth type of layman Christianity are common and quite central. It represents a kind of relation to Christianity and to being a believer...
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...The first Canadian country music star, Wilf Carter (known as Montana Slim in the United States), provided a link between country’s source material and its contemporary vogue. Born in 1904 in Nova Scotia, Carter’s family was poor and he...

Milton Brown

Artist Pages

...The bandleader and vocalist Milton Brown helped to develop the popular Western swing genre of the early twentieth century. Born in Texas in 1903, Brown graduated from high school and worked as a cigar salesman until the Great Depression...

Kerouac and Country Music

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...Country music is not a genre that comes immediately to mind when one reads Jack Kerouac’s work, nor is it a genre that seemed to appeal to him. Dean Moriarty, the hero of On the Road (1957), dismisses a radio programme that plays ‘cowboy...

Shania Twain

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Tamworth

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 42,510 (2001) The city of Tamworth is located on the Peel River in the New England region of New South Wales, 281 miles (453 km) by road northwest of Sydney. It began as a station for the Australian...
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...Susan Aglukark, the first female singer-songwriter from Nunavut to win a Juno Award, toiled as an independent artist before becoming one of the most successful Canadian artists. Born in Manitoba in 1967, Aglukark was raised in Nunavut...

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...