Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls

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From the 1930s to the 1960s, the booming popularity of country music threw a spotlight on a new generation of innovative women artists. These individuals blazed trails as singers, musicians, and performers even as the industry hemmed in their potential popularity with labels like woman hillbilly, singing cowgirl, and honky-tonk angel.Stephanie Vander Wel looks at the careers of artists like Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox, and Kitty Wells against the backdrop of country music's golden age. Analyzing recordings and appearances on radio, film, and television, she connects performances to real and imagined places and examines how the music sparked new ways for women listeners to imagine the open range, the honky-tonk, and the home. The music also captured the tensions felt by women facing geographic disruption and economic uncertainty. While classic songs and heartfelt performances might ease anxieties, the subject matter underlined women's ambivalent relationships to industrialism, middle-class security, and established notions of femininity. show more

Book details

EAN

9780252043086

Classifications

Country & Western music
Gender studies=> women

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

272 pages

Weight(g)

548g

Dimensions(mm)

236 x 264 x 24

Publication date

2020-03-23

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Readership

Professional & Vocational

Series

Music in American Life

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780252043086
Classification Country & Western music
Gender studies=> women
Format Hardback
Number of pages 272 pages
Weight(g) 548g
Dimensions(mm) 236 x 264 x 24
Publication date 2020-03-23
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Readership Professional & Vocational
Series Music in American Life
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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