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From baby boomers to millennials, attending a big music festival has basically become a cultural rite of passage in America. In Half a Million Strong, music writer and scholar Gina Arnold explores the history of large music festivals in America and examines their impact on American culture. Studying literature, films, journalism, and other archival detritus of the countercultural era, Arnold looks closely at a number of large and well-known festivals, including the Newport Folk Festival, Woodstock, Altamont, Wattstax, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and others to map their cultural significance in the American experience. She finds that—far from being the utopian and communal spaces of spiritual regeneration that they claim for themselves— these large music festivals serve mostly to display the free market to consumers in its very best light. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Millions Like Us
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 2. Our Friends Electric
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 3. California Dreamin'
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 4. Networks R Us: The US Festival, 1982-1983
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 5. The Chevy and the Levee
  2. pp. 81-106
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  1. 6. Girls Gone Wild
  2. pp. 107-122
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  1. 7. A Peculiar Euphoria: Raves, Crowds, and Freedom
  2. pp. 123-140
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  1. 8. Hardly Strictly Utopian, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
  2. pp. 141-162
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  1. Conclusion: Small Is Beautiful
  2. pp. 163-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-204
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609386092
Related ISBN
9781609386085
MARC Record
OCLC
1030447215
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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