The Americanist Imagination and Real Imaginary Place in Czech Bluegrass Songs
During their long history of Americanism, Czechs have inscribed “real imaginary” elements of Americana on their environment, laying a foundation for the current interest in bluegrass music. Czech articulations of this imagined “Amerika” in translated, newly created, and recontextualized songs reveal a playful ambiguity. Czechs have cultivated bluegrass through a sense of place that contains traces of Americanness, blurring the boundaries between what is American and what is Czech. With humor and hard work, Czech bluegrassers shape a sense of place through their performance of songs in which U.S. music becomes part of the European landscape.
Bidgood, Lee. 2017. The Americanist Imagination and Real Imaginary Place in Czech Bluegrass Songs. Popular Music and Society. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2017.1302210 ISSN: 0300-7766