Big Ideas

  • Economics, global politics, and changing domestic culture all affected the content and style of country music in the 1960s and 70s.

  • Gender roles became a major topic in classic country.

  • Country music confronted aspects of race in the midst of the civil rights movement.

  • Some styles of classic country music lost much of their “otherness” and melded into pop music, creating further tension within the genre.

  • Country music was shaped by the medium of television during this time period.

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