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Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song

Edward P. Comentale


This book rewrites the history of early twentieth-century pop music in modernist terms. Tracking the evolution of popular regional genres such as blues, country, folk, and rockabilly in relation to the growth of industry and consumer culture, the book shows how this music became a vital means of exploring the new and often overwhelming feelings brought on by modern life. The book examines these rural genres as they translated the traumas of local experience—the racial violence of the Delta, the mass exodus from the South, the Dust Bowl of the Texas panhandle—into sonic form. Considering the ac ... More

Keywords: twentieth-century, popular music, modernism, blues music, country music, folk music, rockabilly, industry growth, consumer culture, racial violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037399
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward P. Comentale, author
Indiana University