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United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, and Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movementby Kurt B. Reighley
Synopses & Reviews
Young Americans are returning to the roots of a simpler culture
Americana. It's more than mere nostalgia; it's a conscious celebration of community and sustainability. It's a movement born in response to the ever-accelerating pace of modern life and Internet technology overload. All over the country, people are returning to an appreciation for the simpler things in life, which are brilliantly surveyed in United States of Americana—the first comprehensive handbook to all things Americana.
Music: Renewed interest in the legends of country, blues, gospel, and folk (Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams, and Leadbelly); the rise and evolution of alt-country music and the Americana genre (Fleet Foxes, Wilco, the Decemberists, and T Bone Burnett)
Fashion: Wearing American heritage clothing and footwear (Red Wing boots, Filson jackets, Carhartt overalls, and Pendleton wool shirts)
Grooming: Returning to straight-razor shaving and old-fashioned barber shops
D.I.Y.: Taking up handmade crafts (knitting, needlepoint, and soap making), as well as home canning (pickling and preserving)
The speakeasy renaissance: Drinking Prohibition- and pre-Prohibition-era cocktails (old-fashioned, gin fizz, and sidecar)
Entertainment: Seeking out burlesque, circuses, and the vinyl LP
This guide to the sounds, sights, tastes and colorful characters of the new old-fashioned world of Americana features heritage clothing, cocktails from pre- and post-Prohibition, shaving with straight razors and the resurgence of Burlesque and vinyl records. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
The remaking of Americans : philosophy and history — How adapting America's dusty past is shaping a brighter future — Food for thought : new old-fashioned eating — Backyard chickens, home canning, celebrity butchers — Time in a Bottle : cocktails & spirits — Classic cocktails meet newfangled speakeasies — Shave and a haircut : grooming — Barber shops, straight razors, championship facial hair — A rugged exterior : fashion and apparel — Timeless American workwear and reinterpreting the classics — Built to last : leatherwork & accessories — Boots, shoes, and outsourcing to the Amish — Songs of pioneers : music — From old-time Appalachia to the modern "grange" movement — The great indoors : design and decor — Taxidermy, cabinets of curiosity, Hatch Show print — One stitch at a time : crafts and the D.I.Y. handmade movement — There's no "ordinary" in embroidery — All that glitters : lively arts — Midriffs and midways : the return of burlesque and circuses — Epilogue.
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