Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture

byBarbara Ching

Paperback | August 11, 2003

Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture by Barbara Ching
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This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses on its low position in the American cultural hierarchy, comically singing of failures to live up to American standards of affluence, while mainstream country music focuses on nostalgia, romance, and patriotism of regular folk. With chapters on Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, and the Outlaw Movement, this book is written in a jargon-free, engaging style that will interest both academic as well as general readers.
Barbara Ching is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Memphis. She co-edited Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy (1997).
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Title:Wrong's What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary CultureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 5.59 X 8.82 X 0.59 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 5.59 X 8.82 X 0.59 inPublished:August 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195169425

ISBN - 13:9780195169423

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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