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For those interested, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is
hosting a free country music conference entitled Hillbilly Sources and
Symbols: Country Music, Cultural Brokerage and O Brother, Where Art
Thou? this April 5, 2003.

The conference has been organized to celebrate the publication of
Country Music
Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music

(SFC/JEMF, 2002) by Guthrie Meade, Dick Spottswood, and Douglas Meade.
Distinguished speakers and panelists will explore the resurgence of
interest in
traditional music and its representation through popular culture.
Benjamin Filene, author of
Romancing the Folk: Public Memory & American Roots Music (University of
North
Carolina Press, 2000) will be the conference's keynote speaker.

The conference is free, but registration is required (as space is
limited). There is
also an optional BBQ afterward. More info is available at:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/sfc1/hillbilly.html

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Steven M. Weiss
Head of the Southern Folklife Collection/Media Archivist
Manuscripts Department
CB#3926, Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
Voice:(919)962-1345
Fax:(919)962-3594

www.lib.unc.edu/mss/sfc1
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