I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music

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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Peter La Chapelle is professor of history at Nevada State College.
"Lively and informative. . . This book will surprise those who have preconceived notions about country music and Southern politicians, and their longstanding connection."-- "Library Journal"
"A deeply researched examination of the ways that country and old-time music have been coopted into political life. . . La Chapelle traces the not especially healthy relationship between country music and populism . . . La Chapelle's exhaustive examination of his subject uncovers many untold stories and raises interesting questions about whether country music has yet truly reckoned with its political past."-- "Times Literary Supplement"
"In his excellent new book, La Chapelle offers a deeply absorbing chronicle of the intersections between country music and politics. . . I'd Fight the World provides in-depth insights to the ways that a clearer understanding of the intersections of music and politics might just help us steer clear of the fissures opened by a celebrity politician before we fall head first into them."-- "No Depression"
"I'd Fight the World provides unique insights into the iconic, American-made musical genres of old-time, hillbilly, and country and western. La Chapelle's book is educational, interesting, and very easy to read. I recommend it without question."-- "Harry Reid, former Senate majority leader"
"In I'd Fight the World, La Chapelle explores the turbulent and tawdry connections between country music and politics. Country music, at its best, can be described as the music of the people. My definition of 'politics' never changes: poli- means more than one and tics are bloodsucking parasites. La Chapelle takes us on a lively ride through it all."-- "Kinky Friedman, independent gubernatorial candidate and author of Heroes of a Texas Childhood"
"Thoroughly researched and insightful, I'd Fight the World exposes the political themes embedded in country music of all stripes, as well as the sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant, always shrewd employment of this music by politicians. La Chapelle reveals a political legacy in country music that today's audiences have an obligation to confront."-- "Jocelyn Neal, author of Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History"
"In this well-written and expansive book, La Chapelle narrates a national history of politics and country music, from nineteenth-century populism to post-World War II conservatism. I'd Fight the World demonstrates how both political and cultural history can shine light upon each other, creating a rich tapestry of scholarship."-- "David Gilbert, author of The Product of Our Souls"
"Recommended. . . Thick with information, its robust scholarship makes it valuable for researchers."-- "Choice"