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Austin and Americana Music: Sites of Protest, Progress, and Millennial Cool

  • Dave Robinson
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Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Abstract

This chapter examines the Austin music scene as a site of contested meaning for the musical field known as Americana. Focusing on the practices and experiences of three groups of Austin scenesters—countercultural survivors, marginalised musical voices, and creative class actors— Robinson examines the ways in which both residual and emergent cultural practices have shaped the Americana scene locally, and how this corresponds with a contestation of meaning between survivalist and revivalist musical discourses more widely. So too, the continuing sustainability of a vibrant grass-roots music scene is considered in the context of Austin’s shift from university town to technology hub, and the concomitant shift in demand for more accessible cultural attractions which provide only the feeling of the alternative.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dave Robinson
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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