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Author Smith, Graeme, 1950-

Title Singing Australian : a history of folk and country music / Graeme Smith
Published North Melbourne : Pluto Press Australia, 2005


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Description xvi, 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Part I. Folk -- 1. Constructing the folk -- 2. Into the coffee houses -- 3. Folk goes bush -- 4. Folk, festivals and the state -- Part II. Country -- 5. The birth of country -- 6. Country and the new nationalism -- 7. The voices of country -- Part III. Crossing borders -- 8. From multicultural to world music -- 9. Between folk, country and rock -- 10. Imagined musical communities
Summary "This is a fascinating history of Australian music from the early colonial origins of folk to the folk boom in the 1960s and the present day revival with huge festivals such as Woodford and Port Fairy made more interesting by today's creative blend of folk, country, rock and pop - all in a distinctly Australian style. 'Singing Australian' tells us much about Australian identity and society and is a lively account of the political and cultural forces that shaped our music. Graeme Smith explores the origins of country music from early bushbands and hillbillies, the pervasive American influence to its huge popularity today as shown in the state funeral of Australian icon Slim Dusty." -- Publisher's website
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 203-243
Subject Folk music -- Australia -- History.
Country music -- Australia -- History.
Folk music -- Australia -- History and criticism.
Country music -- Australia -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
LC no. 00002710
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