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Outback Elvis: Musical creativity in rural Australia

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Abstract


  • However cartographies of music are constructed, they invariably suggest

    some authentic relationship between particular sites of vernacular musical creativity and a social and economic context that has contributed to a

    certain distinctiveness. Thus, the literature is replete with accounts of supposedly distinctive Mersey and Otago sounds, New Orleans jazz or Nashville

    country, and the ‘mutually generative relations of music and space’ (Leyshon

    et al., 1995, p. 424). In the conventional narrative, styles are generally

    deemed to have originated from particular individual and collective scenes

    associated with key musicians and bands, and talked up as a means of promoting these styles and places. Local ties engender credibility as expressions

    of local identity and distinctiveness, and ‘credible places invest music with

    commodity value’ (Connell and Gibson, 2003, p. 116). However, music creation and reception are more often little to do with place, and yet music

    still gains some degree of success even in circumstances where it would

    seem to oppose any notion of a link to locality. A particularly extreme and

    unusual example of this is the association between Elvis Presley and the

    small Australian country town of Parkes. This chapter examines how that

    particular and peculiar relationship emerged, and how it has been sustained

    and nurtured. In the process, we challenge notions of creativity and its role

    in local development.

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  • 2014

Citation


  • Connell, J. & Gibson, C. (2014). Outback Elvis: Musical creativity in rural Australia. In B. Lashua, K. Spracklen & S. Wagg (Eds.), Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization (pp. 285-301). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2310&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1311

Book Title


  • Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization

Start Page


  • 285

End Page


  • 301

Abstract


  • However cartographies of music are constructed, they invariably suggest

    some authentic relationship between particular sites of vernacular musical creativity and a social and economic context that has contributed to a

    certain distinctiveness. Thus, the literature is replete with accounts of supposedly distinctive Mersey and Otago sounds, New Orleans jazz or Nashville

    country, and the ‘mutually generative relations of music and space’ (Leyshon

    et al., 1995, p. 424). In the conventional narrative, styles are generally

    deemed to have originated from particular individual and collective scenes

    associated with key musicians and bands, and talked up as a means of promoting these styles and places. Local ties engender credibility as expressions

    of local identity and distinctiveness, and ‘credible places invest music with

    commodity value’ (Connell and Gibson, 2003, p. 116). However, music creation and reception are more often little to do with place, and yet music

    still gains some degree of success even in circumstances where it would

    seem to oppose any notion of a link to locality. A particularly extreme and

    unusual example of this is the association between Elvis Presley and the

    small Australian country town of Parkes. This chapter examines how that

    particular and peculiar relationship emerged, and how it has been sustained

    and nurtured. In the process, we challenge notions of creativity and its role

    in local development.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Connell, J. & Gibson, C. (2014). Outback Elvis: Musical creativity in rural Australia. In B. Lashua, K. Spracklen & S. Wagg (Eds.), Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization (pp. 285-301). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2310&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1311

Book Title


  • Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization

Start Page


  • 285

End Page


  • 301