Book Review “Weird American Music”

Kensedeobong Blessed Okosun, Bielefeld University


Dorothea Gail’s Weird American Music is a comprehensive and insightful resource tool on popular music, with strong emphasis on the conflicts between authenticity preservation and capitalistic strangulation engendered by market forces within certain music subcultures in the United States of America. These diverse subcultures and musical genres are “representative of the late twentieth- century United States” (12). The writer channels her experience as a long-standing scholar and musician through the monograph tailored for the fields of Musicology and American Studies.

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