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Genre in Popular Music$
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Fabian Holt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226350370

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226350400.001.0001

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Country Music and the Nashville Sound

Country Music and the Nashville Sound

(p.63) Chapter Three Country Music and the Nashville Sound
Genre in Popular Music
University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that country music lost its market share and that the Nashville industry's efforts at moving country closer to mainstream pop led to the hegemony of the Nashville Sound. The historically tense relationship between country music and national mainstream popular culture constitutes a broader background for understanding how country reacted to rock and roll. The corporate music industry became more interested in country music during the 1940s. The resistance to rock and roll is reflected in the recorded output from Nashville. The Nashville Sound was a move toward (white) mainstream pop. So although the Nashville Sound has become accepted as part of the canon, the ongoing attempts to compete with rock and pop are still critiqued by hard-core fans, who have even less power over the production and representation of the genre than they had forty years ago.

Keywords:   country music, Nashville industry, Nashville Sound, popular culture, rock and roll, corporate music industry

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