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- 1. Behind the “big bang”: The roots of country music
- 2. “Wildwood flowers”: Country music goes mainstream, 1923–1930
- 3. “Back in the saddle again”: The birth of the singing cowboy, 1930–1945
- 4. “Honky-tonkin’”: Postwar country music, 1945–1959
- 5. “Make the world go away”: Countrypolitan sounds, 1957–1964
- 6. “Mama tried”: Country alternatives, 1965–1980
- 7. “Friends in low places”: Retro-country and country-pop since 1980
- Coda: Country music in a new millennium