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Country Soul | Charles L. Hughes | University of North Carolina Press
"In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period."
politics  music  genre  country  history  book  publisher 
4 days ago by tsuomela
I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music, La Chapelle
"Long before the United States had presidents from the world of movies and reality TV, we had scores of politicians with connections to country music. In I’d Fight the World, Peter La Chapelle traces the deep bonds between country music and politics, from the nineteenth-century rise of fiddler-politicians to more recent figures like Pappy O’Daniel, Roy Acuff, and Rob Quist. These performers and politicians both rode and resisted cultural waves: some advocated for the poor and dispossessed, and others voiced religious and racial anger, but they all walked the line between exploiting their celebrity and righteously taking on the world. La Chapelle vividly shows how country music campaigners have profoundly influenced the American political landscape."
politics  music  genre  country  book  publisher 
4 days ago by tsuomela
Fractures of Unfamiliarity
Letter by Robert Hunter about Grateful Dead lyrics.
music  lyrics 
12 days ago by tsuomela
Book Review: 'Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music' - The Atlantic
"Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music From Stockhausen to Skrillex by David Stubbs Faber & Faber "
book  review  electronic  music  history 
january 2019 by tsuomela
The Beads Project - Realtime Audio for Java and Processing
"Beads is a software library written in Java for realtime audio. It was started by Ollie Bown in 2008. "
programming  processing  sound  java  music  library  arts 
july 2018 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Sonic Fields of Dark and Light - Sudip Bose
Two of my favorite visual and audible artists together: Mark Rothko and Morton Feldman.
art  music  review 
november 2017 by tsuomela
SurfGuitar101.com | Home
"Since February 26, 2006, SurfGuitar101.com has been the premier home on the web for friends and fans of the world-wide phenomenon known as surf music! Created in Southern California in the early 1960's, surf music is very much alive today and has spread around the globe. Join us in our forums to discuss surf music, past and present. Meet new friends and discover new bands. Want to play surf music? We have lots of forums devoted to playing, performing, and writing surf music. We have lots of discussions on gear: guitars, amps, and drums. Check out our podcasts and hear some really great tunes! Finally, we feature news and articles on the surf scene, and you'll always know where you can catch some live surf music!"
music  culture  genre  forum 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Audulus
" Audulus. A Modular Audio Processing App for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Linux, and Windows. Created by Developer Taylor Holliday. Promoted by Mark Boyd, Audulus Evangelist.      With Audulus, you can build synthesizers from first principles, design new sounds, or process audio — all with real-time, low-latency processing suitable for live performance."
music  software  synthesizer 
june 2016 by tsuomela
Every Noise at Once - metropopolis
"This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1387 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier."
data  visualization  music  genre 
january 2016 by tsuomela
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