It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of our Richard J. Orsi Prize for the best article published in California History in the past year. Among the nineteen research articles we published in 2021, our prize committee chose Amanda Marie Martinez’s “Suburban Cowboy: Country Music, Punk, and the Struggle over Space in Orange County, 1978–1981” (California History vol. 98, no. 1: 83–97).

The committee members were deeply impressed by “Suburban Cowboy.” Barbara Berglund Sokolov explains that the article “innovatively brings together analyses of two antipodal musical genres, country and punk,” elegantly combining a “cultural history approach with insights from urban and political history to reveal how music was a battleground” in Orange County, across which Martinez tracked “differing responses to suburban living and to the conservatism of the Reagan era in Orange County.” Glen Gendzel praises Martinez’s study for exploring the nexus of “music, culture, and...

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