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date: 27 May 2020

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This chapter explores transnational connections and mobilities of Norwegian musicians in a long history of migration to the United States and evolving media spheres of folk and popular music. The analysis begins by addressing the continued desire in contemporary culture for cultural belonging in a globalizing world. This discussion adopts the epistemology of routes, which gained ground in the 1990s, and adds nuance through the analysis of particular experiences of circulation and mobility, highlighting dynamics particular to music. Musical examples are the Hellbillies, one of Norway’s most popular bands since the early 1990s, and David Lindley’s collaboration with Harding Hank (the alter ego of Hallvard Bjørgum).

Keywords: roots, routes, cosmopolitanism, David Lindley, Harding Hank, Hallvard Bjørgum, Hellbillies, Jackson Browne, Norway, United States

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