Norm Cohen [Editors' Note: In keeping with JAF editorial practice, we engaged a single evaluator, Norm Cohen, for this special issue on country music. Because Cohen eschewed "detailed critiques" to emphasize additional matters worth pondering and researching, because he has the long view of a key contributor to the path-breaking 1965 JAF "Hillbilly" Issue, and because our editorial intention was to foster open discussion and debate through essays and commentaries, we herewith include his slightly revised remarks.] This is an interesting collection of articles--with lots of data, especially from fieldwork--that together raise provocative points about hillbilly/country music. I see no need for any detailed critiques on my part. This is not to say I agree entirely with their theses, but I feel it is appropriate to bring this discussion to the open as a proposed antithesis to the original thesis that has come to be associated with Bill C. Malone's name. It's surprising that it has taken this long for the troops to come up out of the trenches. I suspect there will eventually be a synthesis that takes a measured middle view. That said, I have a few thoughts to share with the editors and authors. A
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Apr 24, 2014
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