If you too have been waiting for a magisterial study of popular music animated by traditional racism and religiosity, victims of irony, dynamics of resistance, Christian warfare, God’s militia, the Confederacy in absentia, crimes of sentiment, country folk’s synchronized swim, praying for good sex, proletarian orchestras (in church), worldly cluelessness, the rhythm method (“a more subtle kind of resistance”), plant-based courtship (I’ll poke it through the window), love and booty, white moments of feeling, Death Be Not Barefoot, out of the mouths of white people, victims of style, and the Hawaiian version of the Baja marimba band, the wait is over. Allen Lowe’s “Turn Me Loose White Man” Or: Appropriating Culture: How to Listen to American Music, 1900-1960 is here. The foregoing names only the first half of its table of contents more or less (vol. 1), but volume 2 follows suit (e.g., the minstrel wound, hillbillies with 401k’s, gospel...

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