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Big Ideas

  • Honky-tonk developed from western swing and contemporary social contexts and concerns in the 1940s.

  • Hank Williams came to epitomize both honky-tonk and country music through a combination of his biography and his music.

  • Honky-tonk brought issues of gender roles and philosophical outlooks to the fore in country music.

  • Honky-tonk’s legacy has been colored by the fact that it was the last major development in country music prior to the advent of rock’n’ roll.

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