What's Going On?
(In Modern Texas Folklore)
6 x 9, 309 pp.
51 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 05/01/1998
Price:        $29.95 s


Published by University of North Texas Press

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What's Going On?

(In Modern Texas Folklore)

Edited by Francis Edward Abernethy

This collection of essays from the 1970s describes the customs, traditions, songs, and stories by which future anthropologists will analyze that decade. The rodeos and chain letters and bumper stickers, Neiman Marcus, and fat stock shows, gospel conventions, and underground newspapers, CB radios and university ghosts, backwoods beer busts and the folklore of marijuana, Jack Ruby and the Kennedy assassination. This publication also looks at zydeco, Western Swing, gospel music, Texas country music, and the rise of redneck rock by such writers as Joseph Lomax, Guy Logsdon, Bill Malone, and Jan Reid.

FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin' Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.


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