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Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California

Peter La Chapelle


This book brings to life the influential country music scene that flourished in and around Los Angeles from the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s to the early 1970s, taking us from Woody Guthrie's radical hillbilly show on Depression-era radio to Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee in the late 1960s. It explores how these migrant musicians and their audiences came to gain a sense of identity through music and mass media, to embrace the New Deal, and to celebrate African American and Mexican American musical influences before turning toward a more conservative outlook. What emerges is a clear pic ... More

Keywords: Dust Bowl, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, migrant musicians, mass media, New Deal, African American music, Mexican American music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520248885
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter La Chapelle, author