B.A., Loyola University
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Teaching and Scholarly Interests
Tracey Laird is the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots Music Along the Red River (Oxford University Press, 2005) and co-editor (with Kip Lornell) of Shreveport Sounds in Black & White (University Press of Mississippi, 2008). Her current research is on the long-running PBS television music program Austin City Limits. Throughout her teaching and scholarship, she examines the relationships between music, media, geography and race relations in the southern U.S. Her courses at Agnes Scott include American Popular Music, History of Jazz, Intro to the Art of Music, and Issues and Methods of Ethnomusicology. This past year, she led a senior seminar on Music, War, and Politics, during which students explored irony in the music of Shostakovich, Japanese propaganda in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, identity and the Pan-Indian powwow movement in the United States, and post-reunification Germany and the music of Peter Fox.
Austin City Limits: Musical Boundaries on Public TV (WGBH Forum Network)
(Gladden Public Lecture on Austin City Limits, Agnes Scott College, January 24, 2007. As a more freewheeling alternative to the Grand Ole Opry, country music on Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride provided an early home for rockabilly music during the post-World War II era.)
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