Prof. Karl Hagstrom Miller's new book chronicles color lines in southern music
ShelfLife blog post: This month, Austin will be pulsating to the dizzying array of beats coming from thousands of musicians from all over the world who are trying to get their big break into the music industry.
Posted: March 12, 2010
Karl Hagstrom Miller
For four days, up-and-coming crooners, strummers and drummers will be showcasing their talents in hopes of making connections with record labels at the annual South by Southwest music festival.
So what does it take for a band to get its big break? In Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow, (Duke University Press, 2010) Karl Hagstrom Miller, assistant professor of history, examines the complexities of the music industry – from the commercial embrace of southern music to the marketing logic of MTV.