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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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The New England Cowboy

The New England Cowboy

Regional Resistance to National Culture

(p.167) 6 The New England Cowboy
Yankee Twang
Clifford R. Murphy
University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how the New England country and western musician's important place in New England social history has been obscured for over fifty years now by the same industrial forces that obscure its place in the continental story of country and western music, where the sanctity of regional identity is crushed by the industrial weight of country music's southern thesis. What remains is a sense of loss and disenfranchisement as well as a rich social capital toward which New England country and western contributes a significant sum. This drama plays out against a larger, darker backdrop of industrial exploitation and abandonment of New England working people, evident in the crumbling stone walls, rotting piers, and empty mills whose ghosts speak of the region's agricultural, maritime, and manufacturing past.

Keywords:   New England, country and western musician, social history, regional identity, country and western music, industrial exploitation, New Englanders, working people

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