Panel 6 : "Sagebrush Serenade or Farewell to Paradise? Western Myth and Popular Music Lyrics of Twentieth Century America"
Title: Sagebrush Serenade or Farewell to Paradise? Western Myth and Popular Music Lyrics of Twentieth Century America During the twentieth century, music constituted an enormous part of American popular culture, and very often reflected and embraced the popular mythology of the West. After cultural upheavals of the 1960s, many musicians embraced Western myths yet quite soon began reflecting disillusionment with many of these distorted views of the past in much of their lyrics. This paper will offer an overview of the importance of popular music in perpetuating common myths of the American West, ...
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