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"Hidden in the Mix is a comprehensive and worthy addition to the canon of popular music history. It breaks new ground and digs deep. By looking at both historical traditions (the banjo, early blues-hillbilly music) and contemporary cultural phenomena (hick-hop and country pop), as well as African American artists past and present (Bill Livers, Ray Charles, Cowboy Troy), the book greatly expands our knowledge of this intriguing subject."—Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry

"Diane Pecknold's collection is profoundly important in implication and a long-awaited intervention in the country-music literature."—Aaron A. Fox, author of Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture

“Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.”
(RJ Smith NPR's The Record)

“Country music is white music. Its performers are white; its repertoire is white; its audience is white. That's the genre's image, anyway. But it's largely a myth, debunked decisively in Hidden in the Mix.”
(Noah Berlatsky Chicago Reader)

“A fascinating and long-overdue compendium of essays that shed new light on country music’s complex and diverse history.”
(Bill Baars Library Journal)

Hidden in the Mix . .. steps in to set the record straight, within a dozen essays that tackle varied topics while persistently analyzing the racial history of country music and how it manifests itself, or is ignored, in the present – including in the works of country-music historians.”
(Dave Heaton PopMatters)

“While rich in detail and strong in opinions, these scholarly essays are nuanced and balanced. The writing quality is superb too…. Hidden in the Mix is an excellent contribution to country music scholarship.”
(B. Lee Coor Popular Music and Society)

"The collection helpfully analyzes the paradox that country music has been stereotypically framed as 'white music,' but a long tradition of black performers and fans exists. It uncovers the historical discourses that over time obscured country music’s multiracial origins and history."
(Leigh Edwards Journal of American Culture)

“This is a useful collection with an engaging interdisciplinary balance of focus and imagination…. [T]he book is on the whole accessible, fresh, and contemporary in its tone and synthesis. The non-music specialist as well as the music history insider should find much to appreciate.”
(Steven Garabedian The Journal of Southern History)

Hidden in the Mix is a worthwhile book that will appeal to the student of history, culture, music, and the South’s role in shaping American identity.”
(Barbara A. Baker The Alabama Review)

About the Author

Diane Pecknold is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville. She is the author of The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry, also published by Duke University Press, and editor (with Kristine M. McCusker) of A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822351633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822351634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BILL ROGERS on August 25, 2013
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Scholarly articles documenting African Americans in country music from before World War II to the present. Fascinating stuff. That said, if the topic itself doesn't interest you, probably not a book to order. There are no big stars here.
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