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Title Country music goes to war / edited by Charles K. Wolfe and James E. Akenson
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 250 pages) : illustrations
Contents The Civil War in country music tradition / Andrew K. Smith and James E. Akenson -- "Bloody war" : war songs in early country music / Charles K. Wolfe -- "There's a Star Spangled Banner waving somewhere" : the story behind its success / Louis B. Hatchett Jr. and W.K. McNeil -- Gene Autry in WW II / Don Cusic -- Peace in the valley : The development of John Lair's enterprises during WW II / Michael Ann Williams -- Hayloft patriotism : the national barn dance during World War II / Wayne W. Daniel -- "Jesus hits like an atom bomb" : nuclear warfare in country music, 1944-56 / Charles K. Wolfe -- Purple hearts, Heartbreak Ridge, and Korean mud : pain, patriotism, and faith in the 1950-1953 "Police action" / Ivan M. Tribe -- "Dear Ivan" : country music perspectives on the Soviet Union and the Cold War / Kevin S. Fontenot -- "True patriot" : Brian Letton goes to war / Rae Waer -- "Alternative" to what? : O brother, September 11, and the politics of country music / Aaron A. Fox -- Ulster loyalism and country music, 1969-85 / David A. Wilson -- In whose name? : country artists speak out on Gulf War II / Randy Rudder -- Country music : a teaching tool for dealing with war / James E. Akenson
Summary "Dramatic and tragic sentiments are often at the heart of country music lyrics, making the theme of war a natural subject for this genre of music. While the popularity of war songs has varied over the last two centuries, several of these songs have become part of the standard country music repertoire. Country Music Goes to War presents fourteen essays that explore the tradition of war-related country music and its impact." "The essays in Country Music Goes to War discuss songs dating from the Civil War to the 9/11 attacks and the current war in Iraq, as well as country musicians from such unlikely places as Northern Ireland and Australia. Although the authors approach their subjects from varying perspectives, all address one common concern: what functions do these songs play in different societies and historical periods? The authors contend that country music is a cultural bellwether, and its artists and songs continue to spark discussion, capture hearts, and inspire listeners."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discographies, and index
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Subject Country music -- History and criticism.
Country music -- Social aspects.
Music and war.
Political ballads and songs -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Akenson, James Edward, 1943-
Wolfe, Charles K.
ISBN 0813149657