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Author Vander Wel, Stephanie, 1969- author.

Title Hillbilly maidens, okies, and cowgirls : women's country music, 1930-1960 / Stephanie Vander Wel.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  781.642 VAN    Available
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Description xi, 250 pages ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Music in American life
Music in American life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents WLS and the National Barn Dance. Early Country Music : The Crossing of Musical Hierarchies on Chicago's WLS ; The Rural Masquerades of Gender : Lulu Belle and Her Radio Audience ; Gendering the Musical West : Patsy Montana's Cowgirl Songs of Tomboy Glamour -- California Country Music. Carolina Cotton : Yodeling Virtuosity and Theatricality in California Country Music ; Rose Maddox : Roadhouse Singing and Hillbilly Theatrics -- Nashville's Honky-Tonk and Country Music Industry. Voices of Angels : Kitty Wells and the Emergence of Women's Honky-Tonk ; Domestic Respectability : The Marketing of Honky-Tonk Performers -- Conclusion : Country Vocalities and Gendered Theatrics.
Summary "Looks at the careers of artists like Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox, and Kitty Wells against the backdrop of country music's golden age. Analyzing recordings and appearances on radio, film, and television, Stephanie Vander Wel connects performances to real and imagined places and examines how the music sparked new ways for women listeners to imagine the open range, the honky-tonk, and the home. The music also captured the tensions felt by women facing geographic disruption and economic uncertainty. While classic songs and heartfelt performances might ease anxieties, the subject matter underlined women's ambivalent relationships to industrialism, middle-class security, and established notions of femininity"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Country music -- To 1951 -- History and criticism.
Country music -- 1951-1960 -- History and criticism.
Women country musicians -- United States.
Radio and music -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Wells, Kitty, 1919-2012.
Montana, Patsy, 1908-1996.
Maddox, Rose, 1925-1998.
Lulu Belle, 1913-1999.
WLS (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
ISBN 9780252043086 (hardcover)
9780252084959 (paperback)

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