COOPER, Tonya

M.A Victoria University of Wellington 2012 Pages: 132

"Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in town" : discourses of authenticity, cultural capital, and the rural/urban dichotomy in alternative country music

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Link to Thesis: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10063/2378/thesis.pdf?sequence=1

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Abstract/Summary/Outline:

Alternative country (or alt.country) offers to its listeners a complex juxtaposition of punk and country aesthetics and sentiments, rendering music that is considered to be a heartfelt, rustic, and authentic alternative to mainstream popular music. This suggests an expansive genre style, with ever-shifting musical parameters, as well as potential for negotiation regarding the genre’s seminal artists.

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