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The Persistence of SentimentDisplay and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s$
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Mitchell Morris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242852

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242852.001.0001

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Crossing Over with Dolly Parton

Crossing Over with Dolly Parton

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(p.173) Chapter 7 Crossing Over with Dolly Parton
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The Persistence of Sentiment
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Mitchell Morris

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242852.003.0008

Dolly Parton released the album Here You Come Again in 1977. As her first serious attempt to cross over from the country music charts to mainstream audiences, the album required Parton to take care with her elaborate stage persona alongside her musical choices. The album's contradictory strategies of audience appeal reflect the challenges of reshaping a style aimed primarily at Southern rural audiences into one that could reach less regionally and class-specified listeners. Of special importance was the management of class and gender presentations, given the overwhelming stereotypes of hillbillies that dominated American television culture. Parton's solution, which can be understood as a form of camp, helps explain her enduring appeal to marginalized listeners.

Keywords:   Dolly Parton, country music, gender and class in the south, hillbillies, television comedies, camp

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