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Country Music Message: Revisited
by ROGERS JIMMIE and Jimmie Rogers
University of Arkansas Press, 1988
Paper: 978-1-55728-052-7
Library of Congress Classification ML3524.R65 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 784.52009


The Country Music Message: Revisited is more than a history of commercial country music, a discussion of the performers, or a compilation of song lyrics. It is an examination of the way the “message” in country songs is relayed and received: why the songs move us as they do. As Jimmie Rogers saying in his preface, “A country song is a special form of communication——communication that more closely resembles interpersonal or face-to-face interaction between two people than do other types of mass appeal music. This close bond that exists between audience and performers, as well as the unique treatment of the song topics, helps to make the music, the performers, and the audience special. After the characteristics are reviewed, observations are made about the audience that accepts and approves these messages. The topics, and the approach to those topics by the songwriter and by the singers, tell us much about the audience that chose to listen to country music.”

If you are already a fan of country music, this book will provide insights into a process you’ve probably taken for granted. If you are a newcomer, you will better understand and appreciate the music that a “few folks are performing for a large number of people.”

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