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Author Fox, Aaron A., 1964- author.

Title Real country : music and language in working-class culture / Aaron A. Fox
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xv, 363 pages) : illustrations
Series e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Contents "Turns" -- Voicing working-class culture -- Knowing Lockhart: two perspectives -- Out the country : space, time, and stereotype -- The fool in the mirror : self, person, and subjectivity -- "Feeling" and "relating" : speech, song, story, and emotion -- Bring me up in a beer joint : the poetics of speech and song -- The women take care of that : engendering working-class culture -- The art of singing : speech and song in performance -- "I hang my head and cry" : the character of the voice
Summary In Lockhart, Texas, a rural working-class town just south of Austin, country music is a way of life. Conversation slips easily into song, and the songs are full of conversation. Anthropologist and musician Aaron A. Fox spent years in Lockhart making research notes, music, and friends. In Real Country, he provides an intimate, in-depth ethnography of the community and its music. Showing that country music is deeply embedded in the textures of working-class life, Fox argues that it is the cultural and intellectual property of working-class people and not only of the Nashville-based music industry or the stars whose lives figure so prominently in popular and scholarly writing about the genre. Fox spent hundreds of hours observing, recording, and participating in talk and music-making in homes, beer joints, and garage jam sessions. He renders the everyday life of Lockhart & rsquo;s working-class community in detail, right down to the ice cold beer, the battered guitars, and the technical skills of such local musical legends as Randy Meyer and Larry & ldquo;Hoppy & rdquo; Hopkins. Throughout, Fox focuses on the human voice. His analyses of conversations, interviews, songs, and vocal techniques show how feeling and experience are expressed, and how local understandings of place, memory, musical aesthetics, working-class social history, race, and gender are shared. In Real Country, working-class Texans re-imagine their past and give voice to the struggles and satisfactions of their lives in the present through music
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-356) and indexes
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Subject Country music -- Texas -- Lockhart -- History and criticism
Working class -- Texas -- Lockhart -- Songs and music -- History and criticism
Music and language.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Country & Bluegrass.
Country music
Music and language
Working class
Antropologische linguïstiek.
Country music -- Texas -- Lockhart -- History and criticism.
Working class -- Texas -- Lockhart -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Music and language.
Texas -- Lockhart
Verenigde Staten.
Genre/Form Songs
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Songs and music
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004006964
ISBN 9780822385998