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Interpreting Popular Music$
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David Brackett

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225411.001.0001

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When you're lookin' at Hank (you're looking at country)

When you're lookin' at Hank (you're looking at country)

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(p.75) Chapter Three When you're lookin' at Hank (you're looking at country)
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Interpreting Popular Music
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David Brackett

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225411.003.0003

This chapter explores how the idea of country music emerged through a confluence of forces, focusing on the case of Hank Williams. It comments on Chet Flippo's controversial 1981 biography of Williams. It investigates how voices, lyrics and music create the effect of authenticity in country music and how this effect emerges and shifts historically. It also considers how the association of country music with the culture industry affects the production of authentic effects and how images of resistance and marginality may contribute to the popularity of artists and songs in country music.

Keywords:   country music, hank Williams, Chet Flippo, voices, lyrics, authenticity, culture industry

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