Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Southern Studies


Southern Studies

First Advisor

Charles Reagan Wilson

Second Advisor

Kathryn McKee

Third Advisor

Ted Ownby

Relational Format



My thesis is a cultural analysis of California-based country-rock movement in the late sixties and early seventies. Country rock is a hybrid music genre emerged during this period. Musicians active in the country-rock movement were mostly counterculture hippies, and they adopted country music to serve their own ends. There is no unified ideological thinking in this movement. Some musicians were political while others were not. Music critics generally agree that country rock was a cultural reaction to the cynicism and rootlessness of youth culture in the late sixties and early seventies. The counterculture looked to country music for inspiration because it provided the authenticity and roots for the contemporary music scene that was generally in bad shape. In my thesis, I focus on the music of three prominent country-rock musicians----Gram Parsons, The Band, and the Eagles. I will provide detailed analysis of how they borrocountry music elements to serve their own ends.



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