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Leisure Studies in a Global Era

Performing Nashville

Music Tourism and Country Music's Main Street

Authors: Fry, Robert W.

  • -Provides a unique insight into the role of the fan in the establishment and realization of a music place
    -Includes rich ethnographic data
    -Explores the formation and continuance of Nashville as a tourist destination and as a music place

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This book explores the formation and continuance of Nashville, Tennessee as a music place, the importance of the fans (tourists) in creating Nashville’s multifaceted musical identity, and the music and city’s influence on the formation and performance of the individual and collective identities of the country-music fan. More importantly, the author discusses the larger issue of country music as a signifier of tradition suggesting that for many visitors, the music serves as a soundtrack, while Nashville serves as a performative space that permits the creation, performance, and remembrance of not only the country-music tradition, but also various individual and collective traditions and an idealized American identity. Through the theatrics of tourism, Nashville and its connection to country music are performed daily, reinforced through the sound and landscape of country music.

Performing Nashville will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including tourism studies, leisure studies, ethnomusicology, sociology, folklore and anthropology.

 

 

About the authors

Robert W. Fry is Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville, USA where he teaches courses in global music, jazz, blues, music in the American South, and music tourism. His current research focuses on music tourism and the role of fan culture in the production of a musical place. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Class on Tour: An Experiential Approach to Teaching and Researching Popular Music

    Fry, Robert W.

    Pages 1-14

  • Performing the South

    Fry, Robert W.

    Pages 15-53

  • Performing Nashville

    Fry, Robert W.

    Pages 55-75

  • Performing the Backstage

    Fry, Robert W.

    Pages 77-110

  • Country Music and the Sonic Artifact

    Fry, Robert W.

    Pages 111-153

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50482-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50480-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Nashville
Book Subtitle
Music Tourism and Country Music's Main Street
Authors
Series Title
Leisure Studies in a Global Era
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50482-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50482-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50480-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 223
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 illustrations in colour
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