The Bakersfield Sound by Robert E. Price
How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music

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"Few music books capture the cultural and historical context along with the sound of the music itself as well as this book. Price’s encyclopedic scope will have you seeking out the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and other Bakersfield stars. Put them on while you enjoy the book, and you’ll be transported to a time of pure American music."
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The aesthetic known as the Bakersfield Sound transformed country music, its hard edge a stark contrast to Nashville’s stringed orchestras. It turned displaced Okies like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard into household names, and in the process created a widely felt influence on style, instrumentation, and attitude in American music.





Even so, a half century after its emergence, the Bakersfield Sound’s significance is underappreciated except among hardcore fans and music historians. Few recognize how this California country music not only countered a Nashville hit-seeking machine that had gone adrift but also portended a cultural shift that touched mainstream America. In this study, author Robert E. Price traces its roots from the depths of the Great Depression and World War II through the heyday of Owens, Haggard, and Hee Haw, and into the twenty-first century.


 

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Published December 5, 2015 by iUniverse. 292 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Jan 05 2016

...the book addresses some subjects, such as the factors that influenced the popularity of the Bakersfield sound...That said, this book thrives on the personalities of its people. An informative read that’s well-suited to readers interested in country music and its history.

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Excellent
on Feb 08 2016

"Few music books capture the cultural and historical context along with the sound of the music itself as well as this book. Price’s encyclopedic scope will have you seeking out the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and other Bakersfield stars. Put them on while you enjoy the book, and you’ll be transported to a time of pure American music."

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