Last year I gave a paper at a conference in Oxford and it has just been published as a chapter in an ebook. It’s my first academic publication! My chapter is called ‘Hillbilly Deluxe: Country Couture and the Performance of Masculinity in Country Music’.
In it, I ask the question of how such fancy, sparkly, colourful clothes as the ones made by Turk, Nudie and Manuel came to be accepted as male attire in the very straight world of country music. I talk about the influences from other cultures where floral decoration and pink are accepted wear for performers, or for men of status (matadors! ole!) and track the arrival of androgyny in country music..
An extended version will be coming out in a ‘proper’ paper book soon. The ebook is available here: