October 12th– Peggy Darling Book Club

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS for Bakersfield Sound by Robert Price


  1. Which aspects of culture and lifestyle did the Okies (defined broadly) bring to California and the West?
  2. What was going on in the United States in the 1950s that made the country more accepting of new directions in popular music?
  3. How did the Bakersfield Sound differ from the Nashville Sound?
  4. What were some of the respective musical influences of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard?
  5. Make a case for who you think is the most underappreciated contributor to the Bakersfield Sound’s golden era?
  6. How would you define the Bakersfield Sound?


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