Ben’s non-fiction writing is mainly centred on his research interests in the history and culture of the Southern United States, with a particular focus on country music and Americana. Ben has written two long-form pieces of non-fiction on country music, including his undergraduate dissertation on the ‘Changing British Attitude to Country Music’ and an article on the blending of genre boundaries within in modern American country music.
The Changing British Attitude to Country Music: From the 1960s to the Present (2013)
Ben’s undergraduate dissertation focused on the changing British attitude to country music from the 1960s to the present day, with a particular focus on how the different styles of country music have been accepted in the UK and the impact that public attitudes to the genre, as well as marketing and promotion, have affected the genres success. In the years since this piece was written in 2013, country music has seen a huge paradigm shift in popularity in the UK and most of Western Europe. This study then, is a great starting point for those interested in finding out more about the British love affair with country music over the preceding half-century.
Ben Atkinson is a writer, presenter and designer.
He has a broad range of experience and interests which stretch across the creative industries, from broadcasting to writing, design and development. Ben is the author of two novels, the presenter of a syndicated country music programme which airs on stations across the UK, and an established web developer and graphic designer, with a number of national and international websites, branding projects and mobile apps to his name.
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