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Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960 by Stephanie Vander Wel (2020)

Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960 by Stephanie Vander Wel (2020)

Going back to the early days of medicine shows, vaudeville and traveling entertainment troupes, female performers there already had their regular part in the entertainment industry; and country music, or hillbilly music as it was first named, played a role in building up that reputation. For example, what in the 1940s was transported as “parodic […]

Representations of Working-Class Masculinities in Post-War British Culture: The Left Behind by Matthew Crowley (2020)

Representations of Working-Class Masculinities in Post-War British Culture: The Left Behind by Matthew Crowley (2020)

When considering his main subjects, author Matthew Crowley emphasizes that there are many different ways to live a certain working-class masculinity, as there never was just one single “traditional” experience or one simple, unified path that would lead to such an experience for every English male working-class person in the mid-20th century. In his study […]

London Life. The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties by Simon Wells (ed.) (2020)

London Life. The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties by Simon Wells (ed.) (2020)

A so far unparalleled team of talented artists, publishing pros and design specialists in their respective fields, like Peter Akhurst, Jean Shrimpton, David Hockney, and regular contributors such as Joe Meek, Eric Burdon, and Marc Bolan for a short while were all connected to England’s probably most advanced magazine of the 1960s, London Life. It […]

Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster by Titus O’Brien et al. (2020)

Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster by Titus O’Brien et al. (2020)

Thanks to a handful of creative poster artists and their large fan group that immediately generated, many rock concert posters of the late 1960s today are rightfully considered art, rather than mere advertisements. Their most intriguing aspect then and today were the poster’s strong display of psychedelic arrangements, drug-influenced ways of perceiving shapes, names and […]