United States Of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, And Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide To The New American Roots Movement

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A Vivid Survey Of How And Why Young Urban Americans Are Finding Inspiration In Americana And The Cultural Traditions Of An Earlier Time In Many Areas Of Contemporary Life--provided By Publisher. The Remaking Of Americans: Philosophy & 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 & A Haircut: Grooming -- Barber Shops, Straight Razors, Championship Facial Hair -- A Rugged Exterior: Fashion & 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 & Decor -- Taxidermy, Cabinets Of Curiosity, Hatch Show Print -- One Stitch At A Time: Crafts & 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. Kurt B. Reighley ; Illustrations By Aaron Bagley. Includes Bibliographical References (p. [239]-241).

Author : Kurt B. Reighley

Publisher : Harper Perennial

Published Year : 2010

Format : Paperback, 256 pages

Language : English

Dimensions : 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

ISBN : 0061946494

ISBN13 : 9780061946493


Overview :

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