By Barry Shank
Track of the bars and golf equipment of Austin, Texas has lengthy been famous as defining one in all a dozen or extra musical "scenes" around the kingdom. In Dissonant Identities, Barry Shank, himself a musician who performed and lived within the Texas capital, reports the background of its renowned song, its cultural and monetary context, and in addition the wider ramifications of that tune as a signifying perform in a position to reworking identities.
While his concentration is totally on innovative kingdom and rock, Shank additionally writes approximately conventional nation, blues, rock, disco, ethnic, and folks musics. utilizing empirical element and an expansive theoretical framework, he indicates how Austin grew to become the positioning for "a effective contestation among forces: the fierce wish to remake oneself via musical perform, and the both strong fight to verify the price of that perform within the complexly established late-capitalist marketplace."