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Milton Brown

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...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...

Bob Wills

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...Bob Wills, also known as the “King of Western Swing,” leader of “Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys,” was born James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905, in Texas, USA. At an early age, he learned the mandolin, guitar, and violin—his signature...

Driver: Neal Cassady’s Musical Trip

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...Archetypal Beat writer Neal Cassady and a small group of like-minded friends helped liberate literature and culture from the stale old, pre-pop world it was shackled to. By kicking in these doors, the Beat writers ensured that future...

Jim Reeves

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...“Gentleman Jim” was a country and western singer known for his “Nashville sound.” He mixed older country-style music with more contemporary pop music and was considered a talented artist because his music appealed to a wide variety...

Bill Haley

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...In the narrative of rock and roll’s early development, Bill Haley’s contributions are often glossed over. Born in 1925 in Michigan, Haley and his family relocated to Pennsylvania during the Depression. Here, Haley developed an appreciation...

New Country

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...During the mid-1980s, the confluence of a commercial and artistic slump in Nashville and the emergence of a number of talented, young traditional artists resulted in one of country music’s periodic aesthetic peaks. ‘New Country’ (or ‘New...

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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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...Population: Houston – 2,009,834; metropolitan – 4,669,571 (2002) Located in southeast Texas along the Gulf of Mexico near the Louisiana border, Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the country...

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...

Plains States (Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma)

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Kansas – 2,688, 418 (2000); Nebraska – 1,711,263 (2000); Oklahoma – 3,450,654 (2000) The states of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma form part of the Great Plains region between the Mississippi River and the foothills...

Rockabilly

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...In the 1950s, when rock ’n’ roll was a vigorous new genre, rockabilly was one of its principal styles. Strumming acoustic guitars and accompanied by small ensembles, singers performed up-tempo songs about romance, fashion, anxieties...