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Wrong's What I Do Best

Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture

Wrong's What I Do Best by Barbara Ching
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This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses on its low position in the American cultural hierarchy, comically singing of failures to live up to American standards of affluence, while mainstream country music focuses on nostalgia, romance, and patriotism of regular folk.With chapters on Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, and the Outlaw Movement, this book is written in a jargon-free, engaging style that will interest both academic as well as general readers.
Oxford University Press; July 2001
200 pages; ISBN 9780190283094
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Title: Wrong's What I Do Best
Author: Barbara Ching
 
ISBNs
0195185994
9780190283094
9780195108354
9780195185997
9780195355291