I’ll listen to anything but country. This popular phrase allows middle-class Americans to declare inclusive, “omnivore” musical tastes, with one crucial exclusion: country, a music linked to low-status whites. In her provocative new book Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music, Nadine Hubbs dissects this gesture, examining how US provincial white working people have emerged, since the 1970s, as the face of American bigotry, particularly homophobia, with country music their audible emblem. ... Read more
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