My book Music: A Subversive History appeared in paperback just 6 days ago. Below is an extract as a special feature for subscribers. Feel free to share with a few friends. The Origins of Country Music in the Neolithic Era by Ted Gioia Many years ago, I noticed a puzzling pattern during my research into the music of herding societies. Cultures with no direct contact with each other had embraced strikingly similar musical practices and values. I could hear it in the style of their songs, in their choice of instruments, even in their attitudes about the role of music in everyday life.
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