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Sweet Dreams: The World of Patsy Cline

by Warren Hofstra University of Illinois Press
Pub Date:
09/2013
ISBN:
9780252079306
Format:
Pbk 232 pages
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AU$59.99 NZ$63.47
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One of the most influential and acclaimed female vocalists of the twentieth century, Patsy Cline (1932–63) was best known for her rich tone and emotionally expressive voice. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, she launched her musical career during the early 1950s as a young woman in Winchester, Virginia, and her heartfelt songs reflect her life and times in this community. A country music singer who enjoyed pop music crossover success, Cline embodied the power and appeal of women in country music, helping open the lucrative industry to future female solo artists.

Bringing together noted authorities on Patsy Cline and country music, Sweet Dreams: The World of Patsy Cline examines the regional and national history that shaped Cline's career and the popular culture that she so profoundly influenced with her music. In detailed, deeply researched essays, contributors provide an account of Cline's early performance days in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, analyze the politics of the split between pop and country music, and discuss her strategies for negotiating gender in relation to her public and private persona. This volume explores the rich and complex history of a woman whose music and image changed the shape of country music and American popular culture.
This book will stand out as a definitive work on Patsy Cline, country music, popular music, and gender and class in post-World War II American culture. The essays provide interesting insights into Cline's historical, musical, and sociological importance.
--Michael T. Bertrand, author of Race, Rock, and Elvis
Warren R. Hofstra is Stewart Bell Professor of American History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. His other books include The Planting of New Virginia: Shenandoah Valley Landscapes, 1700–1800 and Shenandoah Landscapes and the Great Valley Road of Virginia.