Farming things from the red dirt: The Current(ly) Essential Country Music Reading List

I spent fifteen months researching country music from a historical and scholarly perspective and it was the most rewarding period of my life.

The last few weeks for me have been spent revisiting some of the books that inspired me in the first place. I pulled this list of references from the honours blog that proved to Nar vi snakker om vinnende roulette -strategi, er det mange som tror at det er veldig lite a diskutere. be invaluable to me as I navigated my way through my own country music research:

Any further reading suggestions?

 

My 9 vaguely productive achievements whilst living in post-thesis limbo

After living in an isolated academic bubble for the past twelve months, I have recently had some time off. While I enjoyed the first day, I also discovered that a lack of direction was slowly dehumanising me into a tedious Grey’s Anatomy DVD watching and couch sitting individual. However, when I observe this time from an alternate perspective, I am able to see a few key achievements obtained during this period:

  1. I launched Digital Red Dirt.
  2. I learnt that connections made in the social media space are genuinely effective.
  3. It no longer takes me twenty minutes to construct a three sentence email.
  4. Havaianas no longer dominate my footwear collection.
  5. I purchased Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn – this month’s musical necessity.
  6. I recovered from a severe case of post-thesisitis syndrome and remembered that there is life outside Henry Jenkins and country music.
  7. I gained a wealth of confidence.
  8. I stayed up past 10pm and slept in past 5am.
  9. I successfully removed ‘dude’ from my automated vocabulary (and added all sorts of other things that are going to haunt me forever after).