The Americana revolution : from country and blues roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and beyond /

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Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield,, United States, p.xxxii, 231 pages : (2017)



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Americana (Music), History and criticism.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-218) and index.Origins of the Americana Movement -- Will the Circle Be Unbroken? -- When Things Go Wrong, Blame the Radio -- Don't Drink from a Bottle If You Didn't See It Opened -- Interlude: Roger McGuinn: Respecting Tradition While Transforming It -- "If I could find a white boy who sang black" -- Appropriating Black Culture -- Interlude: Rosanne Cash -- The Irish Claim the Bronx -- Bringing the Good News -- The Battle for the Soul -- Interlude: Kris Kristofferson -- As Duke Ellington Said, There's Only Two Types of Music: Good and Bad -- Speaking the Truth to Those Who Have Ears to Listen -- Americana as a Symbol of Musical Adulthood -- Let's Go Backwards When Forwards Fails -- Swallowing Other Genres -- A Sense of Community -- It Might Be a Great Bag to Be In, But Why Must I Be in a Bag at All? -- Interlude: Jim Lauderdale -- The Archetype of Americana -- Back to the Question: Do We Have Any Idea What Americana Is?"The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond is an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing what it is, where it came from, and where it is going. Musician and historian Michael Scott Cain examines how the idea of genre, especially Americana, affects the creation and consumption of music. He tries to discern the formulas of this slippery genre and seeks out the places where artists have broken or bent those formulas in the name of creativity. Through anecdotes and interviews, Cain provides a firsthand view into the creation of Americana to clarify how the genre can be categorized and defined. Through the stories of its creators both long gone and new to the scene, Americana music comes alive as a diverse melting pot of creative genius. With this book, Cain grants music lovers from all backgrounds an unparalleled view into the future of a music that embraces new influences but never forgets its roots."--Publisher's descripition.