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Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene by [Stimeling, Travis D. Ph.D.]
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"This is the most engaging and informative examination of progressive country music to date. Stimeling has done an outstanding job of exploring the social, cultural, and political implications of this important yet often misunderstood musical phenomenon. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the rich, complex, and colorful history of American music." --Dr. Gary Hartman, Director, Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University-San Marcos


"In analyzing Austin's progressive country scene, Stimeling expertly models an approach to popular music studies that restores the music to its rightful, central place, yet also brings to bear key elements of fashion, media, and collective identity." --Tracey E. W. Laird, Agnes Scott College, author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River


"It is really exciting to see the story told right. [Stimeling] captured our thinking at the time, not the myth that could be told." --Floyd Domino, former member of Asleep at the Wheel


"Stimeling relates, concisely, how the "outlaw" Austin alternative and cosmic cowboy image was constructed, promoted and sometimes hyped by local businesses, radio, and hippie-era artists. Both the musical advantages of being a special place and the sometime "never need to leave home again" provincialism of some artists from the "live music capital" are brought home to the reader." --Engine 145


"A useful primer for the extraordinary musical, social, cultural, entrepreneurial, and political forces that converged in Austin during the 1970s." --The Austin Chronicle


"The book's strength is in its examination of the push and pull of the cosmic cowboys and a musical culture they rejected, embraced and transformed." --San Antonio Express-News


"Stimeling's book is an engaging read and should appeal to both country music aficionados
and scholars alike. Offering a thick description and analysis of the Austin progressive country movement, Stimeling contributes to scholarship related to music and identity formation both individually and collectively, music scenes, and more specifically demonstrates the important role that the "music itself" played in shaping individual and collective understanding of the progressive country music scene of the 1970s." --Notes


"Of particular interest to oral historians is that the author used eleven original interviews in his research as well as oral histories conducted by other authors and historians...Stimeling has produced a thoughtful examination on the culture of progressive country music...[His] use of various types of sources and his ability to interpret music adds weight to his arguments and overall purpose. This book is a must-read for the historian, or music-lover, interested in interpretive rather than narrative history of progressive country music." --Sound Historian


"Interesting...Especially insightful is Stimeling's emphasis on radical changes progressive country initiated in music and Austin itself." --Journal of Texas Music History


"[A] groundbreaking book that makes an important contribution to the history of country music, popular music scene studies, and American cultural history in general." --American Music





"This is the most engaging and informative examination of progressive country music to date. Stimeling has done an outstanding job of exploring the social, cultural, and political implications of this important yet often misunderstood musical phenomenon. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the rich, complex, and colorful history of American music." --Dr. Gary Hartman, Director, Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University-San Marcos


"In analyzing Austin's progressive country scene, Stimeling expertly models an approach to popular music studies that restores the music to its rightful, central place, yet also brings to bear key elements of fashion, media, and collective identity." --Tracey E. W. Laird, Agnes Scott College, author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River


"It is really exciting to see the story told right. [Stimeling] captured our thinking at the time, not the myth that could be told." --Floyd Domino, former member of Asleep at the Wheel


"Stimeling relates, concisely, how the "outlaw" Austin alternative and cosmic cowboy image was constructed, promoted and sometimes hyped by local businesses, radio, and hippie-era artists. Both the musical advantages of being a special place and the sometime "never need to leave home again" provincialism of some artists from the "live music capital" are brought home to the reader." --Engine 145


"A useful primer for the extraordinary musical, social, cultural, entrepreneurial, and political forces that converged in Austin during the 1970s." --The Austin Chronicle


"The book's strength is in its examination of the push and pull of the cosmic cowboys and a musical culture they rejected, embraced and transformed." --San Antonio Express-News


"Stimeling's book is an engaging read and should appeal to both country music aficionados
and scholars alike. Offering a thick description and analysis of the Austin progressive country movement, Stimeling contributes to scholarship related to music and identity formation both individually and collectively, music scenes, and more specifically demonstrates the important role that the "music itself" played in shaping individual and collective understanding of the progressive country music scene of the 1970s." --Notes


"Of particular interest to oral historians is that the author used eleven original interviews in his research as well as oral histories conducted by other authors and historians...Stimeling has produced a thoughtful examination on the culture of progressive country music...[His] use of various types of sources and his ability to interpret music adds weight to his arguments and overall purpose. This book is a must-read for the historian, or music-lover, interested in interpretive rather than narrative history of progressive country music." --Sound Historian


"Interesting...Especially insightful is Stimeling's emphasis on radical changes progressive country initiated in music and Austin itself." --Journal of Texas Music History


"[A] groundbreaking book that makes an important contribution to the history of country music, popular music scene studies, and American cultural history in general." --American Music


About the Author


Travis D. Stimeling is Assistant Professor of Music History at West Virginia University School of Music

Product details

  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199747474
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q8E7N2
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