It Still Moves
Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music
By Amanda Petrusich
(Faber & Faber, Paperback, 9780865479043, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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Part travelogue, part musical history, Amanda Petrusich's "It Still Moves "outlines the sounds of the new, weird America--honoring the rich traditions of gospel, blues, country, folk, and rock that feed it while simultaneously exploring the American character as personified by its songs and landscapes. Through interviews, road stories, and rich music criticism, Petrusich traces the rise of Americana music from its early origins to its new and compelling incarnations--from Elvis to Iron and Wine, the Carter Family to Animal Collective, Charley Patton to Wilco. Ultimately, "It Still Moves "is a fervent attempt to reconcile the American past with the American present, using only dusty records and highway maps as guides.
Amanda Petrusich is a staff writer at Pitchforkmedia.com, a senior contributing editor at Paste, and the author of Pink Moon, a short book about Nick Drake’s 1972 album. She lives and works in Brooklyn.