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...Many consider James Charles Rodgers to be the “father of country music,” having introduced the then new form of commercial country music, the blue yodel. Jimmie Rodgers was born on September 8, 1897, in Mississippi, USA. His mother passed...


Dave Laing

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 VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 8,174,762 (2004) Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe dominated by the Alps mountain range. It has borders with the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia...

Cowboy Songs

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Cowboy songs are songs whose theme is the life and lifestyle of cowboys, whether actual cowboys or mythical ones. Cowboy songs have tended to be conceptualized in two ways: either as the songs genuine cowboys sang (or sing), or as songs...