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Tommy Goldsmith

November 23, 1987 OHC352 60 min.


Music journalist and city editor of The Tennessean, Nashville’s major daily newspaper.

Interview Summary

1987 November 23
(60 minutes)
Music reporter Tommy Goldsmith talks about the Nashville music scene in the late 1980s, contrasting country and non-country sounds. Discussion includes his experiences as a musician; the impact of radio’s separation of music formats; the importance of music’s roots; comments on different southern bands; the punk influence on country music during the early 1980s; the concepts of Nashville’s being more than a center for country music; and comments on the rock music being produced in Nashville.

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