Old Town Road

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Duke University Press
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7.0 X 7.0 X 0.33 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Chris Molanphy is a columnist for Slate and the host of the Hit Parade podcast. He has written for publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, New York Magazine, NPR Music, the Village Voice, and others. He is author of Kurt Cobain: Voice of a Generation.
"I never fully understood, appreciated, or contextualized popular music until I read Chris Molanphy."--Jesse Eisenberg
"Chris Molanphy provides a (typical for him) master class in understanding 'Old Town Road' as well as the interaction between race, the charts, and country music. A fascinating, rigorous, and joyful book."--Emily J. Lordi, author of "The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s"
"More than just an analysis of 'Old Town Road.' This book has wide appeal for music and pop culture fans." (Starred Review)
--Rebekah J. Buchanan "Library Journal" (10/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"Molanphy's astute analysis shows readers the full cultural 360 in tracking the success and controversy of the song, the artist, and the evolution of online platforms like TikTok and YouTube to democratize the distribution and awareness of music. He also discusses the role that Lil Nas X's queerness has played in his success and post-"Old Town Road" career to date. Molanphy's book is a masterful and entertaining piece of cultural studies that, at 152 pages, takes exactly the time it needs to tell its story."--Elizabeth DeNoma "Shelf Awareness" (12/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"It takes Chris Molanphy just 125 pages to brilliantly chronicle the twists and turns that made Lil Nas X single 'Old Town Road' such a phenomenon."--Andy Davidson "Americana UK" (2/15/2024 12:00:00 AM)