Plucked Politics

…we need to do some deep background work—we need to wager, that is, that there might be some deep link between a preference for singing a ballad a certain way, the joy of plucking a low string of an electric guitar so that it vibrates in such a way as to go slightly sharp before returning to pitch (and thus conjuring “twang”), or the pleasures of certain kinds of machinic co-relation among members of a country band, on the one hand, and what we would usually call “politics.”

Kurt Newman, “On The Virtues of Never Knowing Where To Stop, or, The Not-Paranoid-Enough Style in American Politics, or, Bakersfield: Capital of the Twentieth Century,” S-USIH Blog, 3 December 2013

The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country

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