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Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Anthony Harkins

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195189506
eISBN:
9780199788835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book examines the evolution of one of the most pervasive and enduring American icons from the 18th-century to the present day. Spanning film, literature, and the entire expanse of American ... More


The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity

Linnie Blake

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075933
eISBN:
9781781700914
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075933.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book explores the ways in which the unashamedly disturbing conventions of international horror cinema allow audiences to engage with the traumatic legacy of the recent past in a manner that has ... More


Early Commercial Era

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the dawn of Cajun recording. The Cajun community’s relationship to recording technology, the evolving nature of America’s recording industry, and Cajun music’s relationship to ... More


Cajun Swing Era

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

The historical and cultural forces pushing together traditional Cajun, hillbilly, western swing, jazz, and American popular music, and the musical synthesis that ensued, form the foundation of this ... More


Country Music and the Rise of “Ezra K. Hillbilly” in Interwar America

Anthony Harkins

in Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195189506
eISBN:
9780199788835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the role of “hillbilly” in commercially recorded rural white music, by the early 1930s commonly (although often disparagingly) labeled “hillbilly music”. The hillbilly image in ... More


The Hillbilly in the Living Room: Television Representations, 1952–1971

Anthony Harkins

in Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195189506
eISBN:
9780199788835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Television programs featuring hillbilly characters and settings reflected both contemporary social concerns about Southern mountain people and a reaction against the Civil Rights Movement. The ... More


From Deliverance to Cyberspace: The Continuing Relevance of “Hillbilly” in Contemporary America

Anthony Harkins

in Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195189506
eISBN:
9780199788835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This final chapter examines the continuing importance of the hillbilly conception in the American imagination. By the late 20th century, the image's former prominence had indisputably waned — a ... More


Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

David Brackett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Categorizing Sound addresses the relationship between categories of music and categories of people: in other words, how do particular ways of organizing sound become integral parts of whom we ... More


Hillbilly Music and the Phonograph

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots of Music along the Red River

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167511
eISBN:
9780199850099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167511.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The early decades of the 20th century was a time of progress for the United States. Shreveport played a vital part in the story of the rise of the phonograph industry. After advances in research into ... More


Economics and the Invention of Hillbilly Records in the South

William Howland Kenney

in Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195171778
eISBN:
9780199849789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171778.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

In the early history of the phonograph and recorded music, if not in the minds and performance practices of all vernacular musicians, blues and hillbilly music should receive separate consideration; ... More


Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women's Country Music, 1930-1960

Stephanie Vander Wel

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043086
eISBN:
9780252051944
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043086.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Well before the success of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, female artists were integral to the commercial expansion and aural reception of country music. Women in early country music took on and ... More


Something for the Girls: Annie Get Your Gun, 1945–present

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The chapter explores Berlin’s most frequently performed show from several angles and through several sources. It interprets the libretto as an intersection postwar, mid-century gender and ethnic ... More


Popular Recorded Music within the Context of National Life

William Howland Kenney

in Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195171778
eISBN:
9780199849789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171778.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

More than we used to realize, the phonograph and recorded music served to stimulate collective memories among Americans of different social and ethnic backgrounds, who were, like the few large ... More


Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia

Bruce E. Stewart

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130002
eISBN:
9780813135670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130002.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth ... More


‘Squealing like a pig’: the War on Terror and the resurgence of hillbilly horror after 9/11

Linnie Blake

in The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075933
eISBN:
9781781700914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075933.003.0025
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the remarkable cinematic resurgence of hillbilly horror in the years since 9/11. For as George W. Bush pits the ostensible civilisation of the United States (US) against the ... More


Popular Folk Music Comes of Age, 1955–1956

Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson (eds)

in Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038518
eISBN:
9780252096426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038518.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter describes the folk music scene from 1955 to 1956. It discusses the formation of the Hillbilly-Folk Record Collectors' Club and launching of the quarterly Hillbilly-Folk Record Journal in ... More


The Beverly Hillbillies Welcomes the Banjo

Thomas Goldsmith

in Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042966
eISBN:
9780252051821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042966.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1962, Flatt and Scruggs showed up on a weekly television show that quickly grabbed tens of millions of weekly viewers, the mainstream of American pop culture. This increased television presence ... More


On the Trail of Folk Songs

Ronald D. Cohen

in Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628813
eISBN:
9781469628837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

By the 1920s, folk music, from a variety of sources, had numerous outlets in the United States, including books and articles by folk music collectors, commercial phonograph records and field ... More


The Rural Masquerades of Gender: Lulu Belle and Her Radio Audience

Stephanie Vander Wel

in Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women's Country Music, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043086
eISBN:
9780252051944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043086.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter 2 focuses on Lulu Belle’s 1930s radio career on WLS’s National Barn Dance as the first female radio star to embody the parodies of southern culture and early country music. Connecting her ... More


Carolina Cotton: Yodeling Virtuosity and Theatricality in California Country Music

Stephanie Vander Wel

in Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women's Country Music, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043086
eISBN:
9780252051944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043086.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter 4 shifts the subject matter to 1940s California country music and connects the musical career of Carolina Cotton to the vibrancy and theatricality of that scene. Cotton emerged as a ... More


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