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The Starday StoryThe House That Country Music Built$
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Nathan D. Gibson and Don Pierce

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738308

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738308.001.0001

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The Starday Story

Nathan D. Gibson

Don Pierce

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the decline of the bluegrass music that was popularized by Don Pierce of Starday Records. Despite of the success of Starday financially, the slow decline of bluegrass music became apparent to Pierce. In the late 1960s, bluegrass music became identified with anti-Vietnam War protesters, civil rights demonstrators, and homosexuals, which was assumed to have a negative effect on bluegrass music in general. Others did not agree with the sentiment, as some pointed out, that it was Starday itself which was at fault as they stopped producing new material and the record company only repackaged its older material with new album cover art, assuming that it would sell to the public like their past hits did.

Keywords:   bluegrass music, Starday Records, Don Pierce, Vietnam war, civil rights demonstrators, homosexuals

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