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Collection Number: 20378-z

Collection Title: Hillbilly Music Sources and Symbols Collection, 1965, 2003

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Size 29 items
Abstract Hillbilly Sources and Symbols: Country Music, Cultural Brokerage, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a conference held on 4-5 April 2003 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The conference, sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection, the Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS), and Music in Context, was a response to the surge in popularity of traditional music inspired by the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and a celebration of the publication of Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Country Music by Guthrie T. Meade Jr. with Douglas S. Meade and Richard K. Spottswood (Southern Folklife Collection, 2002). The collection includes promotional materials (poster and program), two articles, and audiocassettes and videocassettes containing recordings of conference events. Among the topics covered at the conference were country, folk, and old-time music and the popular culture of the American South. The articles are "Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol" by folklorist and labor historian Archie Green (1965) and " Country Music Sources: A Personal Perspective" by Douglas S. Meade. The latter article concerns the life and career of Meade's father, Guthrie T. Meade Jr. (Gus Meade), focusing on his work on the discography that became Country Music Sources. Audiovisual materials document historian Benjamin Filene's keynote speech; panel discussions featuring folklorist Alan Jabbour, CSAS senior associate director William R. Ferris, discographer Richard K. Spottswood, and professor of American Studies Robert Cantwell; student presentations; Archie Green's closing remarks; and other activities.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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Use of audiotapes or videotapes may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hillbilly Music Sources and Symbols Collection #20378-z, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired April 2003.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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In response to a surge in the popularity of traditional music inspired by the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and in celebration of the publication of Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Country Music by Guthrie T. Meade Jr. with Douglas S. Meade and Richard K. Spottswood (Southern Folklife Collection, 2002), Hillbilly Music Sources and Symbols: Country Music, Cultural Brokerage and O Brother, Where Art Thou? was held 4-5 April 2003 in the Wilson Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The conference was sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection, the Center for the Study of the American South, and Music in Context, all associated with UNC. Author and historian Benjamin Filene gave the keynote address. Among the panelists were folklorist Alan Jabbour; William R. Ferris (Bill Ferris), senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South; discographer Richard K. Spottswood (Dick Spottswood); and professor of American Studies Robert Cantwell. There were also presentations of research papers by students and concluding remarks by folklorist and labor historian Archie Green.

See also online exhibit: Hillbilly Music: Source & Symbol.

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The Hillbilly Music Sources and Symbols Collection documents the Hillbilly Music Sources and Symbols: Country Music, Cultural Brokerage and O Brother, Where Art Thou? conference, held 4-5 April 2003 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection, the Center for the Study of the American South, and Music in Context. The collection includes promotional materials (poster and program), two articles, and audiocassettes and videocassettes containing recordings of conference events. Among the topics covered at the conference were country music, folk music, and old-time music and the popular culture of the American South.

The articles are "Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol" by folklorist and labor historian Archie Green ( Journal of American Folklore, July-September 1965, volume 78, number 309; reprinted and bound for the University of Illinois Campus Folksong Club), and " Country Music Sources: A Personal Perspective" by Douglas S. Meade. This article concerns the life and career of Meade's father, Guthrie T. Meade Jr. (Gus Meade), focusing on his work on the discography that became Country Music Sources.

Ten audiocassettes, one VHS videocassette, and nine Mini DV videocassettes document Benjamin Filene's keynote speech; panel discussions featuring Alan Jabbour, William R. Ferris, Richard K. Spottswood, and Robert Cantwell; student presentations; Archie Green's closing remarks; and other activities.

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4 items.

Promotional materials are a poster and a program, both containing information about schedule and participants. One article is "Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol" by Archie Green; the other is " Country Music Sources: A Personal Perspective" by Douglas S. Meade.

Folder 1

Promotional items #20378-z, Series: "1. Promotional Materials and Articles, 1965, 2003." Folder 1

Folder 2

Articles #20378-z, Series: "1. Promotional Materials and Articles, 1965, 2003." Folder 2

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25 items.

Audiocassette FS-7098

Student papers (1 of 3), 4 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7098

Panel 1: Josh Guthman, "Ghost World: Death and Resurrection in the Music of Ralph Stanley"; Andrew Horowitz, "'I'm a Man!': McKinley Morganfield and the African American Great Migration"; Matt Meacham, "Virtuosity, Intertextuality, and the Bluegrass Mandolin Instrumental"; William R. Ferris, discussant.

Audiocassette FS-7099

Student papers (2 of 3), 4 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7099

Panel 1: Conclusion; Panel 2: Andrew Flory, "Being There: Wilco in Transition"; Aaron Smithers, "Old Time Punk: Relationships of Hillbilly and Punk Rock Music in Alternative Country"; Alicia C. Levin, "Identity Crisis in O Brother, Where Art Thou?"; David Sanjek, discussant.

Audiocassette FS-7100

Student papers (3 of 3), 4 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7100

Panel 2: David Sanjek, comments

Audiocassette FS-7102

Conference (1 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7102

Side 1: Opening comments: Joe Hewitt, Dan Patterson, and Steve Weiss. Side 2: "Man of Constant Sorrow," Part I, Musical Notes: Jocelyn Neal (Moderator), Gail Gillespie, Alan Jabbour, and Philip Vandermeer.

Conference (2 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7102

Side 1: "Man of Constant Sorrow," Part I, Musical Notes: Jocelyn Neal (Moderator), Gail Gillespie, Alan Jabbour, and Philip Vandermeer.

Audiocassette FS-7103

Conference (3 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7103

Side 1 and Side 2: "Man of Constant Sorrow," Part II, Discographical Notes: Steve Weiss (Moderator), Richard K. Spottswood, Douglas S. Meade, and David Sanjek.

Audiocassette FS-7104

Conference (4 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7104

Side 1: "Man of Constant Sorrow," Part II, Discographical Notes: Steve Weiss (Moderator), Richard K. Spottswood, Douglas S. Meade, and David Sanjek.

Audiocassette FS-7105

Conference (5 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7105

Side 1 and Side 2: Keynote address by Benjamin Filene.

Audiocassette FS-7106

Conference (6 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7106

Audiocassette FS-7107

Conference (7 of 7), 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." FS-7107

Side 1: "Organizing the Tradition: A Roundtable on Cultural Brokerage and Cultural Brokers": Mike Kramer (moderator), William R. Ferris, Robert Cantwell, Sarah Weiss, Wayne Martin, and George Holt. Side 2: Closing comments by Archie Green.

Videotape VT-20378/1-3

Student papers, 4 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." VT-20378/1-3

Videotape VT-20378/4-9

Conference, 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." VT-20378/4-9

Videotape VT-20378/10

Photomontages: "A Man of Constant Sorrow Sampler" and "Hillbilly Brokerage in Action," 5 April 2003 #20378-z, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 2003." VT-20378/10

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Processed by: James McGlothlin, May 2007

Encoded by: James McGlothlin, May 2007

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