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Yankee TwangCountry and Western Music in New England$
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Clifford R. Murphy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038679

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038679.001.0001

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New England Country and Western Music and The Myth of Southern Authenticity

New England Country and Western Music and The Myth of Southern Authenticity

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(p.11) 1 New England Country and Western Music and The Myth of Southern Authenticity
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Yankee Twang
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Clifford R. Murphy
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038679.003.0003

This chapter illustrates how the story of New England country and western music is ultimately about how working-class New Englanders living in the multiethnic age chose to understand themselves as Americans through the frontier symbolism of western music. When the Country Music Association (CMA) coalesced in Nashville and rebranded the music as “country music,” a fundamental change took place in how country music functioned within working-class New England. The courting and subsequent takeover and abandonment of New England country and western music by national or corporate entities is just another in a long line of such losing battles for New England's working people, which led many to believe that the interests of working-class New Englanders are not the interests of the nation.

Keywords:   New England, country music, New England musicians, working class, New Englanders, multiethnic age, Country Music Association

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