This collection makes an important intervention in analysis of country music’s cultural politics by detailing the presence of progressive thought within the genre from the emergence of commercial country music in the 1920s through the present. While country music has long been stereotyped as a conservative genre, recent academic studies have found a complex range of political affiliations across the history of the genre, including progressive content. Scholars such as Nadine Hubbs, whose work is featured here, have identified progressive alliances supported by some white, working-class audiences involving working-class advocacy, LGBTQ+ rights, and cross-racial class alliances. This collection offers a vital contribution to this crucial academic...
Book Review: The Honky Tonk on the Left: Progressive Thought in Country Music edited by Mark Allan Jackson
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Leigh H. Edwards; Book Review: The Honky Tonk on the Left: Progressive Thought in Country Music edited by Mark Allan Jackson. Journal of Popular Music Studies 1 March 2019; 31 (1): 179–182. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2019.311014
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