<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article traces the highs and lows of country singer-songwriter Kris Kristoffersonâs early music career when he emerged as the standard bearer for a supposedly new and authentic Nashville sound. Focusing on the late 1960s and early 1970s, this paper examines the critical, commercial, and personal impact of such expectations at a time when Americans from varied walks of life latched on to country music and its performers as founts of honesty and authenticity that sustained often competing images of the South and the nation. It underscores how Kristofferson and his work complicated, challenged, and reinforced certain views on country music, its audience, and its place in the national cultural and political landscape. The title borrows a line from Kristoffersonâs semi-autobiographical song, âThe Pilgrim, Chapter 33,â in which he wonders âif the going up was worth the coming down.â</p>
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jul 10, 2019
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