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Published: 21 January 2010
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392705-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9270-5
... 7 BLACK FOLK AND HILLBILLY POP Industry Enforcement of the Musical Color Line The first selection on Columbia’s old-time music list, inaugurated in 1925, was ‘‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band Jewish...
Published: 28 June 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394976-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9497-6
... part one the   playing in dark ch 1 Black Hillbillies African American Musicians on Old-­Time Records, 1924–1932 Patrick Huber In the summer of 1930 Ralph S. Peer, rca-­Victor’s A&R (artists and reper- toire) man, arranged a working holiday in Hollywood for...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... It was back in 1924 that the barn dance moved down out of the hay-mow into the living room of the American home. Close on its heels followed the vogue for mountain music. Out from the latter cycle strode Ezra K. Hillbilly to become the core of an industry which rings the cash...
Published: 24 October 2005
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387206-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8720-6
... complicated and mutable. This chapter takes up this task by examining a series of labels for poor whites: hillbilly, redneck, and white trash. These marked forms of white identity each derive from and respond to the dissonance raised in the Ameri- can cultural imaginary by linking whiteness...
Published: 28 June 2013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9497-6
... part one the   playing in dark ch 1 Black Hillbillies African American Musicians on Old-­Time Records, 1924–1932 Patrick Huber In the summer of 1930 Ralph S. Peer, rca-­Victor’s A&R (artists and reper- toire) man, arranged a working holiday in Hollywood for...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... on a sense of re- bellion against the middle class to distinguish country from other gen- res, fans were nonetheless encouraged to subscribe to middle-class values by equating consumerism with respectability and democracy.∂ hillbilly toxin: images of the rural migrant and mass...
Published: 24 October 2005
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387206-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8720-6
... breaks from the bu√oonish, comical representations of the Otherness of poor southern whites that predominated on television shows (Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Hee Haw) in the late 1960s.π Deliverance marks an important shift in the narrative forms that make use of poor whites...
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By Diane Pecknold
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... and country music ∞ ‘‘Cowboy Bill Johnson Gets World’s Largest Fan Letter—30 Foot Na- tional Hillbilly News, September 1941, 1; Barfield, Listening to Radio, 19, 7; Douglas, Inventing American Broadcasting, 304. ≤ Peterson, Creating Country Music; Kyriakoudes, ‘‘The Grand Ole Opry and the...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... 2 Country Music Becomes Mass Culture, 1940–1958 By the end of World War II hillbilly music could be heard on radio stations all over the country. Honky-tonks, dance halls, and a burgeon- ing business in outdoor ‘‘hillbilly...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... Introduction commercialism as a cultural text ‘‘There’s money in the new songs if you are willing to put on a hillbilly outfit and stand up to the mike and do what Rufus tells you observes Danny MacGregor, the narrator and protagonist of The Big...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... Community in America. Port Washington, N.Y.: National University Press, 1977. Goldstein, Richard. ‘‘My Country Music Problem—and Yours Mademoiselle, June 1973, 115. Green, Archie. ‘‘Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol Journal of American Folklore 78 (July–September 1965): 223. ‘‘Early Country...
Published: 21 January 2010
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392705-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9270-5
... black and white. It had featured wise- cracking hillbillies in the big city and fiddle breakdowns to enter- tain urban audiences pining for a taste of the backwoods. And it had learned to expand into new geographical areas by employing native singers to cater to local racial or ethnic markets. Two...
Published: 03 March 2014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7710-8
..., Henry. Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, Volume 1. Locust Music 16 cd. Flynt, Henry. Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, Volume 2. Locust Music 14 cd. Flynt, Henry. Raga Electric: Experimental Music, 1963–1971. Locust Music 6 cd. Flynt, Henry. You Are My Everlovin / Celestial Power. Edition Hundertmark...
Published: 03 March 2014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7710-8
... volumes of Back Porch Hillbilly Blues (recorded in the early and middle 1960s, but first released in 2002), home-­quality solo recordings for violin, ukulele, guitar, and occasional vocal accompaniment, in which Flynt’s voice veers between the extremely nasal, high-­lonesome wail of “Sky Turned...
Book Chapter

By John Hartigan
Published: 24 October 2005
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387206-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8720-6
Published: 24 October 2005
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387206-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8720-6
... were born in Detroit between the 1920s and the 1940s, and ‘‘hillbillies whites who migrated to this city from Appalachia, predomi- nantly between the 1940s and the 1960s The designation hillbilly extends to those whites who were born in Detroit, as long as their parents (and, in...
Book Chapter

By Karl Hagstrom Miller
Published: 21 January 2010
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392705-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9270-5
...; in Agawu, Kofi, 292n.65 hillbilly music, 143–47 Ager, Milton, 140 ‘‘Are You from Dixie (song), 216 A. G. Field Minstrels, 35–36 ‘‘Arkansas’’ (song), 71 ‘‘Aggravatin’ Papa’’ (song), 59 ‘‘Arkansas Blues’’ (song), 194–95, 231 ‘‘Ain’t It Hard to Be a...
Published: 17 October 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390305-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9030-5
... Pearl. Asked when hillbilly music became country music, the comedi- enne reportedly pulled her blue mink stole around her shoulders and laughed, ‘‘Hillbilly gets to be country when you can buy one of these By the time Pearl made her comparison, the transformation from hillbilly to country was...
Published: 21 January 2010
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392705-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9270-5
... southern artists that arrived in New York between 1890 and 1920 participated in an important and contradictory reinterpretation of southern music and culture. They encountered a musical world that traded on stereotypes of rural and south- ern music, from hillbilly comedy records to the minstrel...
Published: 29 August 2011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9389-4
... following year, the tag old-time tune music held, only to be superseded by the term hillbilly music (Green, Torching, 19; Malone, Country, 38). In this scene, we see how O Brother nostalgically burlesques an earlier period’s nostalgia by reviving the folk revival of the thirties (Middleton, ‘‘O Brother...