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Austin City Limits: A History

Tracey E. W. Laird


Austin City Limits comprises nearly four decades of changes in civic identity, media, and in potential ways people experience musical meaning. This book acts as a prism pulling together the singular achievements of the PBS television show, and refracting them in ways that bear on popular media culture. Beginning with Willie Nelson’s 1975 pilot broadcast, Austin City Limits sustained national relevance over decades vis-à-vis the local scene and American popular music more broadly, both in constant flux. Austin City Limits spans dramatic shifts in the nature of television and expansion of digita ... More

Keywords: Austin City Limits, “Live Music Capital”, PBS, music television, genre, brand, scene, festival, venue, regional identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracey E. W. Laird, author
Agnes Scott College