Singing Australian: A history of folk and country music
Singing Australian tells how two musical styles, folk and country, have in the past thirty years taken their place in the public sphere. The scenes claim to speak for the nation, yet despite their links, they do so in different voices, and to different audiences. In this new book Graeme Smith traces the history of these musical movements and the ideas and styles which propel them. These scenes are shown to be powerful and eloquent participants in the public debates on national community which have permeated Australian public life over the last thirty years.
The book draws on wide ranging musical and social research. It gives a sense of the enthusiasm and musical energy which propel these scenes revealing both the limitations and the strengths of the genres.
Published by Pluto Press, June 2005
ISBN 1 86403 241 3 $ 35.95
Singing Australian is available through this website for the special price of $30 including post and packaging (to Australian destinations).