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    A study of the vernacular musical tradition that took place in the farmhouses, town halls, school houses and Grange halls in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine before and after the introduction of the phonograph and radio. Jennifer Post lets the voices of ordinary people tell us about their music and cultural history; their stories are infused with issues of interest to ethnomusicologists, historians and social scientists about landscape and community, gendered expression, imagined traditions and historical representation. At the heart of this study is the recognition that the musical lives of individuals, their families, and their communities were constantly being negotiated in relation to social status, gender relations, local geography, and economic needs.

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