The Steve Brooks Archives: Willie Nelson And Cultural Changes In Country Music

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Sketch of Willie Nelson flying in a shoe Local Archives, Global History: Post 3 by Robbie Segars   By the early 1960s, the Country Music Association decided to shed its negative “hillbilly” image and market country music to a sophisticated blue-collared audience (Pecknold 2007, 135). This initiative caused a cultural shift in the genre aimed at promoting a clean-cut image. By the early 1970s, however, a… Read more »

Local Archives, Global History: Music and Archival Practice in the 21st Century

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Image of the reading room with a carpet and wood table and chairs. Art is hanging on the walls.   Local Archives, Global History: Post 1 by Dr. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden As pandemic lockdowns settled into place during the spring of 2020 many scholars felt profound disappointment as their summer research plans disintegrated amidst the stressors of illness, upended family life, and disrupted work routines. Historians in particular grieved the personal loss of a favorite job-related activity, archival research, and faced the anxiety that came along with a year-long archival exile, which threatened to set back publications and possibly even hiring and promotion opportunities for years to come. Sitting in my backyard… Read more »
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