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

David Brackett

in Interpreting Popular Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520225411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225411.003.0003
When you're lookin' at Hank (you're looking at country)

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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

Chapter.  12452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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