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What Will I Be: American Music and Cold War Identity

Philip M. Gentry


In the wake of World War II, the cultural life of the United States underwent a massive transformation. Central to the era was the rise of the concept of identity, and with it a reformulation of the country’s political life during the early Cold War. At the same time, a revolution in music was taking place, a tumult of new musical styles and institutions that would lead to everything from the birth of rock and roll to the new downtown experimental music. Together, these two trends came to define the era: a search for new social affinities and modes of self-fashioning, with music providing just ... More

Keywords: American music, identity, Doris Day, John Cage, Orioles

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190299590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190299590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip M. Gentry, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Delaware

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