Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 July 2018

576 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190499747

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Country Music

A Cultural and Stylistic History

Second Edition

Jocelyn R. Neal

  • The first and only introductory level textbook dedicated to country music
  • Incorporates a breadth of social, political, and musical issues
  • Artist Profiles provide an in-depth look at important figures in the history of country music
  • Listening Guides help students better understand the music they are studying
  • Boxed essays on technology, the music business, and distinct musical styles provide engaging commentary
  • Includes appendices on song form, country music instruments, and recordings

New to this Edition:

  • An enhanced thematic framework simplifies the three main themes of the book--cultural identity, authenticity, and the "otherness" of country-with more consistent discussions of music and events through the lenses of these themes
  • Further coverage of contemporary country music and its relationship with other genres
  • Additional comparative listening discussions refine the book's connection to musical sound
  • Increased engagement with challenging questions of race, class, and gender connects musical performance with cultural identity
  • More section headers, outlines, and summaries throughout help students master the most relevant material

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