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Countrypolitan Nationalism: Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow’s Audiopolitics of Empire: Guest Post by Matthew D. Linton

In his 2015 book Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution, Michael Denning explores the musical revolution that took place in port cities ranging from Havana to Jakarta between 1925 and 1931. Facilitated by the inexpensive mass production of shellac records, new genres of music like jazz, samba, and kroncong sprouted up as old musical forms were translated, fused, and transported across a world united by water. This was not merely an artistic revolution, however. They were also “fundamental to the extraordinary social, political, and cultural revolution that was decolonization.”[1] This audiopolitics of revolution, as Denning calls it, Read more