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Walking the Line - Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Paperback) Loot Price: R892
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Walking the Line - Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Paperback): Thomas Alan Holmes, Roxanne Harde

Walking the Line - Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Paperback)

Thomas Alan Holmes, Roxanne Harde; Contributions by Pete Falconer, Howard Steve Goodson, Taylor Hagood, Douglas Harrison, Michael MacDonald, Clay Motley, Laura Pattillo, Blase Scarnati

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An insightful and wide-ranging look at one of America's most popular genres of music, Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture examines how country songwriters engage with their nation's religion, literature, and politics. Country fans have long encountered the concept of walking the line, from Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" to Waylon Jennings's "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." Walking the line requires following strict codes, respecting territories, and, sometimes, recognizing that only the slightest boundary separates conflicting allegiances. However, even as the term acknowledges control, it suggests rebellion, the consideration of what lies on the other side of the line, and perhaps the desire to violate that code. For lyricists, the line presents a moment of expression, an opportunity to relate an idea, image, or emotion. These lines represent boundaries of their kind as well, but as the chapters in this volume indicate, some of the more successful country lyricists have tested and expanded the boundaries as they have challenged musical, social, and political conventions, often reevaluating what "country" means in country music. From Jimmie Rodgers's redefinitions of democracy, to revisions of Southern Christianity by Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, to feminist retellings by Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton to masculine reconstructions by Merle Haggard and Cindy Walker, to Steve Earle's reworking of American ideologies, this collection examines how country lyricists walk the line. In weighing the influence of the lyricists' accomplishments, the contributing authors walk the line in turn, exploring iconic country lyrics that have tested and expanded boundaries, challenged musical, social, and political conventions, and reevaluated what "country" means in country music.

General

Imprint: Lexington Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2013
First published: October 2013
Editors: Thomas Alan Holmes • Roxanne Harde
Contributors: Pete Falconer • Howard Steve Goodson • Taylor Hagood • Douglas Harrison • Michael MacDonald • Clay Motley • Laura Pattillo • Blase Scarnati
Dimensions: 231 x 154 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-0-7391-6967-4
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Country & western
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > Popular culture
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Country & western
LSN: 0-7391-6967-X
Barcode: 9780739169674

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