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The Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music—Music and Culture in the South-Central Appalachians

The Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music—Music and Culture in the South-Central Appalachians

Chapter:
(p.199) The Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music—Music and Culture in the South-Central Appalachians
Source:
Curatorial Conversations
Author(s):
Jeff Place
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0012

This chapter details the curatorial decisions that defined thematic focus and scope, participant selection, and site design and organization for a 2003 program about Appalachian culture. The author recounts the challenges of organizing and fund-raising for a multi-state program in worsening financial times. He also describes how the Smithsonian worked with its partners, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and East Tennessee State University, to develop a program that demonstrated the breadth of Appalachian culture. These efforts dispelled many of the stereotypes that have historically plagued these communities

Keywords:   Appalachian culture, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, Music, Performance (curating), Site design

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