The Americana Revolution: From Country And Blues Roots To The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, And Beyond by Michael Scott CainThe Americana Revolution: From Country And Blues Roots To The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, And Beyond by Michael Scott Cain

The Americana Revolution: From Country And Blues Roots To The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, And…

byMichael Scott Cain

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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Americana is a music that defies definition. It isn't rock, although it does encompass rock. It isn't folk, but folk is there. It isn't Celtic, but it is woven with Celtic threads. It is a blend of forms, music that draws on a wide range of influences. Gathering these many genres together, Americana continually reinvents itself and actively tells the story of its origins and its future.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.
Michael Scott Cain is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently East Point Poems, and three novels, including Midnight Train, a country music novel. After teaching popular culture and literature at the collegiate level for forty years, he now covers the topic in the Frederick News-Post while also serving as jazz, blues, poetry...
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Title:The Americana Revolution: From Country And Blues Roots To The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 6.22 × 0.86 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Origins of the Americana Movement2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?3. When Things Go Wrong, Blame the Radio4. Don't Drink from a Bottle If You Didn't See It OpenedInterlude: Roger McGuinn: Respecting Tradition While Transforming It5. "If I could find a white boy who sang black"6. Appropriating Black CultureInterlude: Rosanne Cash7. The Irish Claim the Bronx8. Bringing the Good News9. The Battle for the SoulInterlude: Kris Kristofferson10. As Duke Ellington Said, There's Only Two Types of Music: Good and Bad11. Speaking the Truth to Those Who Have Ears to Listen12. Americana as a Symbol of Musical Adulthood13. Let's Go Backwards When Forwards Fails14. Swallowing Other Genres15. A Sense of Community16. It Might Be a Great Bag to Be In, But Why Must I Be in a Bag at All?Interlude: Jim Lauderdale17. The Archetype of Americana18. Back to the Question: Do We Have Any Idea What Americana Is?Coda: An Annotated List of Recommended RecordingsSelect Bibliography

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In a world preoccupied by style and identity, how do artists living in the margins continue to thrive? Cain explores the rise of the diverse genre of Americana in order to examine the history of music's discomfort with boundaries. Defying labels and commodification, passionate musicians and listeners still sing.