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The Americana revolution : from country and blues roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and beyond

Michael Scott Cain (Author)
"The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond is an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing what it is, where it came from, and where it is going. Musician and historian Michael Scott Cain examines how the idea of genre, especially Americana, affects the creation and consumption of music. He tries to discern the formulas of this slippery genre and seeks out the places where artists have broken or bent those formulas in the name of creativity. Through anecdotes and interviews, Cain provides a firsthand view into the creation of Americana to clarify how the genre can be categorized and defined. Through the stories of its creators both long gone and new to the scene, Americana music comes alive as a diverse melting pot of creative genius. With this book, Cain grants music lovers from all backgrounds an unparalleled view into the future of a music that embraces new influences but never forgets its roots."--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2017
Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2017
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xxxii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781442269408, 1442269405
Origins of the Americana Movement
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
When Things Go Wrong, Blame the Radio
Don't Drink from a Bottle If You Didn't See It Opened
Interlude: Roger McGuinn: Respecting Tradition While Transforming It
"If I could find a white boy who sang black"
Appropriating Black Culture
Interlude: Rosanne Cash
The Irish Claim the Bronx
Bringing the Good News
The Battle for the Soul
Interlude: Kris Kristofferson
As Duke Ellington Said, There's Only Two Types of Music: Good and Bad
Speaking the Truth to Those Who Have Ears to Listen
Americana as a Symbol of Musical Adulthood
Let's Go Backwards When Forwards Fails
Swallowing Other Genres
A Sense of Community
It Might Be a Great Bag to Be In, But Why Must I Be in a Bag at All?
Interlude: Jim Lauderdale
The Archetype of Americana
Back to the Question: Do We Have Any Idea What Americana Is? WorldCat Link