Read Cool TownHow Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale, part of the Country Fried Rock podcast miniseries, Rock N Roll Book Club.

Grace Elizabeth Hale lived through the second wave of Athens, Georgia’s new music scene in the 1980s. When the art school at the University of Georgia became the unofficial safe house for experimentation and egalitarian creativity, a scene of amateur musicians — driven more by performance art than technique — upended the music world. Hale’s thorough analysis of people and social experimentation lets the art bubble and pop.

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