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Big Ideas

  • Outlaw country wrested more artistic control from the music industry and placed it back in the hands of the artists, while re-focusing country music on individual songs and reaching out to audiences in the 1970s countercultural movement.

  • Mainstream country successfully co-opted the outlaw movement, which led to the movement’s general dissolution.

  • Southern rock grew from many of the same sources as country music and shared a portion of its audience, but was situated squarely in the rock genre.

  • Some country musicians crossed into Southern rock successfully.

  • Later generations of country musicians claimed Southern rock as part of their country lineage, thereby retroactively connecting it more closely with the country genre.

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