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Sweet Air
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Sweet Air rewrites the history of early twentieth-century pop music in modernist terms. Tracking the evolution of popular regional genres such as blues, country, folk, and rockabilly in relation to the growth of industry and consumer culture, Edward P. Comentale shows how this music became a vital means of exploring the new and often overwhelming feelings brought on by modern life. Comentale examines these rural genres as they translated the traumas of local experience--the racial violence of the Delta, the mass exodus from the South, the Dust Bowl of the Texas panhandle--into sonic form. Considering the accessibility of these popular music forms, he asserts the value of music as a source of progressive cultural investment, linking poor, rural performers and audiences to an increasingly vast network of commerce, transportation, and technology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction From a Basement on Long Island to a Mansion on the Hill
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Chapter One Lord, It Just Won’t Stop!: Work and Blues in the Industrial Delta
  2. pp. 29-71
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  1. Chapter Two Thought I Had Your Heart Forever: Death, Detachment, and the Modernity of Early
  2. pp. 72-116
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  1. Chapter Three “A Rambling Funny Streak”: Woody Guthrie, Revolutionary Folk Song, and the Migrant
  2. pp. 117-159
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  1. Chapter Four Four Elvises: On the Dada Possibilities of Midcentury Rock and Roll and Modern Fan
  2. pp. 160-204
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  1. Chapter Five ( )
  2. pp. 205-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-274
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Production Notes, Back Cover
  2. pp. 275-BC
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