Issue 103: 20th Annual Southern Music Issue – North Carolina — Digital Edition

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A high-resolution PDF of the Winter 2018 issue, for those who would prefer to read the Oxford American on a digital device.

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The 20th Annual Southern Music Issue 

The Oxford American presents its 20th annual Southern Music Issue, featuring more than 25 stories exploring the history and legacy of North Carolina music. Among the contributors are novelists Jonathan LethemJill McCorkle, and Wiley Cash, and the beloved North Carolina musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Tift MerrittNina Simone, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, is the cover artist and subject of a feature essay written by poet Tiana Clark.

The issue comes with a 24-song CD sampler (plus accompanying digital download with four bonus tracks) highlights music from NC legends like Simone, Thelonious Monk and John ColtraneEarl Scruggs and Doc WatsonJames Taylor, and Elizabeth Cotten, and many others. Accompanying the sampler in the issue are detailed liner notes and essays on the songs.

The issue includes a 160-page PDF.

Preview the issue’s table of contents. 

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