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Voices

Edward L. Ayers

in Southern Crossing: A History of the American South, 1877-1906

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195086898
eISBN:
9780199854226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086898.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter discusses the Southerners passion for singing, playing, and dancing. The instruments of choice were guitars, banjos, and pianos. The songs range from bouncy pop songs to sentimental ... More


Learning to listen

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that Southerners often experienced old-time records in the moment as folksong performances, as familiar social occasions—or at least as close kin. It also suggests that ... More


A Corn Licker Still In Georgia

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter analyzes the popular dramatic series “A Corn Licker Still in Georgia,” featuring the old-time fiddle band, the Skillet Lickers. It argues that while all of the Skillet Lickers were ... More


Let’s Get This Dance Started

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter analyzes how Southern performers adapted folksongs for phonographs by framing old-time records as depictions of traditional music-making, describing activities or interactions from such ... More


I Ought to Be Recording Right Now

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that many old-time records actually celebrate the incompatibility of folksongs and phonographs, discovering in that contrast a marvelous fund of perceptual dislocation or semantic ... More


Here’s One You can all Sing Right with us

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter analyzes old-time records that are framed as functional equivalents of live performances. Here recording artists extend their personal invitations to listeners, encouraging them to ... More


A Special Prayer on The Man That’s A-Catching The Record

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that old-time records have achieved a new level of conceptual autonomy, an equal partner in Southern music and song. The record has transfigured the basic components of the ... More


“Hurtin’ Words,” “Free Bird,” and Family Values: Defining Family Crises among White Southerners in the 1970s

Ted Ownby

in Hurtin' Words: Debating Family Problems in the Twentieth-Century South

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469647005
eISBN:
9781469647029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647005.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses multiple perspectives on whether white southerners faced new family crises in the 1970s. Legislators passed divorce reform laws in the early 1970s that made divorce far easier ... More


Coda: Well folks, here we are again

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. It argues that on the threshold of a new era in recorded music, the sound recording’s continued capacity to accommodate cultural expression ... More


True Relations

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter analyzes how Southerners experienced old-time records as musical events, especially compared to the folksongs that previously defined their musical lives. To address this question, ... More


Hurtin' Words: Debating Family Problems in the Twentieth-Century South

Ted Ownby

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469647005
eISBN:
9781469647029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647005.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

When Tammy Wynette sang "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," she famously said she "spelled out the hurtin' words" to spare her child the pain of family breakup. In this innovative work, Ted Ownby considers how a wide ... More


Prelude: Supposing we have us a Little Tune Here

John Minton

in 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110195
eISBN:
9781604733273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to explore how Southerners during the period between the mid-1920s and World War II thought about folksongs and phonograph records, and how oral ... More


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