Unformatted text preview: to, or subtract from, the song’s original lyrical meaning? How does Well’s version further alter the melody’s accumulated meaning? What other kinds of songs, including but also beyond Country, apply layers of meaning in similar ways? • Given bluegrass’s origins, how have bluegrass musicians established and traded on the notion of authenticity? (How would Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys have come across if they were wearing business suits on-stage?) How did the Memphis sound (e.g., “Walkin’ After Midnight”) alter Country’s portrayal of cultural authenticity, and why? In what ways was this a good idea and in what ways a bad one? Spring 2008...
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- Spring '08
- social forces, Country music, bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, alter Country, Great Speckled Bird