Throughout Millers book he discusses how southern music was reduced to a series of distinct genres linked to particular racial and ethnic identities. Miller says that “the origins of country music is unclear” because it draws on so many other sounds that originate in other genres. The part of this book that I found the most interesting was the chapter that talked about race records especially the part about the Mamie Smith and what miller said about her “she didn’t open the door, she knocked it down”. She was the pioneer to get African Americans into the music industry performing their own songs.

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