The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry

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The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry

The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry

by Diane Pecknold

Few expressions of popular culture have been shaped as profoundly by the relationship between commercialism and authenticity as country music. Listeners have been heavily invested in the "business side" of the industry: complaining in the 1950s about elite control of mass media, their gratitude that the Country Music Hall of Fame served as a physical symbol of the industry's power; engaging directly with the industry, rather than the songs or stars. Pecknold draws on diverse sources in this sweeping social history. 312 pp.
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