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“A Day in the Life”: The Beatles and the BBC, May 1967  

Gordon Thompson

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Nov 2017
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Jan 2015
This chapter examines the issue of censorship in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s controversial decision to ban the final track, “A Day in the Life,” from the Beatles’ album, Sgt. ... More

Antiquarian Nostalgia and the Institutionalization of Early Music  

John Haines

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Jul 2014
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Dec 2013
This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. This essay explores modern performances of ... More

Composing in Black and White: Code-Switching in the Songs of Sam Lucas  

Sandra Jean Graham

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Nov 2017
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Jul 2016
This chapter examines how Sam Lucas (1840–1916), one of the most popular black performers of the late 1870s and 1880s, was able to transcend the restrictions imposed on black entertainers ... More

Country Music and Class  

Leigh H. Edwards

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter establishes how class is a key category of analysis for country music studies because the genre is still symbolically associated with a southern white working-class audience ... More

Country Music and Fan Culture  

Jonathan Wynn

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
As this chapter suggests, country music’s success can be measured not just in records sales, but as based in nurturing an elaborate and committed fan culture. Through characteristic ... More

Country Music as Cultural Practice  

Clifford R. Murphy

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter argues that country music should be examined first and foremost as social practice—as a driver of community expression and social capital through music, words, and dance. ... More

The Country Music Association, The Country Music Foundation, and Country Music’s History  

Diane Pecknold

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter explores how the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation have shaped the telling of country music history. It traces the development of the Foundation and ... More

Country Radio: The Dialectic of Format and Genre  

Eric Weisbard

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter considers the role played by radio in popularizing and defining country music. Radio as a format pursued a commercially driven mediation of identity that worked against ... More

Deaths and Silences: Coding and Defiance in Music about AIDS  

Paul Attinello

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Nov 2017
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Mar 2015
This chapter examines censorship in relation to music and the AIDS crisis and the social or political timidity that seems to characterize such music. It argues that music about AIDS ... More

Eating and Drinking in Opera: and the Callas Diet  

Pierpaolo Polzonetti

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Aug 2015
This article explores how food and drink in opera convey meaning, define relationships, trigger psychophysical reactions, and denote dramatis and singers’ personae. It proposes a basic ... More

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