ABOUT THE OXFORD AMERICAN
The Oxford American was founded in Oxford, Mississippi, in 1992, with a vision that still guides us today: the South—a region so productive of great literature, art, and music—deserves a great literary magazine. Since its founding, the magazine has published a remarkable number of distinguished writers and artists and has won three National Magazine Awards. The Oxford American has been based in central Arkansas since 2002. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Thank you to the many readers who backed our Texas music issue on Kickstarter. Now that our campaign is finished, please visit oxfordamerican.org to subscribe to the magazine, donate to the OA, or contact the staff. The Texas music issue will be on newsstands nationwide in December of 2014. It will be for sale on our website until it sells out. You can also stay in touch with the OA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or by signing up to receive our e-newsletter.
ABOUT THE MUSIC ISSUE
The Oxford American is best known for its annual music issue, which includes a gorgeously produced compact disc of songs selected by our editors. As critic Dwight Garner wrote in the New York Times, “These CDs practically belong in the Smithsonian.” Since 2009, the OA's music issues have focused on a different Southern state each year, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. This year, we are thrilled to turn our attention to the astonishing musical legacy of Texas.
WHAT’S WITH THE KICKSTARTER? (WHY DO YOU NEED MY MONEY NOW?)
Compiling the OA's annual music issue is a labor of love, but the costs of licensing, producing, and manufacturing a compact disc—on top of the already considerable costs of publishing our beautifully designed print edition—have become increasingly difficult for the magazine to bear. In the past, the OA has relied on major underwriters to help cover these expenses. This year, we’re asking our readers and listeners to take ownership of this project. We hope you will become the primary stakeholders of the Oxford American's Texas music issue.
Texas is without doubt one of the South’s (and the world’s) great musical incubators. The Lone Star state is the home of Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Lightin’ Hopkins, Leadbelly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ornette Coleman, Buddy Holly, Gene Autry, and Bob Wills—not to mention Janis Joplin, Doug Sahm, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. And let’s not forget Charlie Sexton, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Freddy Fender, Tish Hinojosa, and Carmen y Laura; Duke Records and Ideal Records and Arhoolie Records; the Butthole Surfers and Ray Price; Lou Ann Barton and Nanci Griffith and Brave Combo and Jerry Jeff Walker and Joe Ely. And we’re just getting started.
WHAT WE’LL DO WITH YOUR CONTRIBUTION
Our goal of $25,000 will ensure that we’re able to continue our tradition of including a compact disc with the music issue, and it will go a long way toward helping us commission the best music writers and license the gorgeous artwork you love to see in our pages.
The Texas Music Issue will be available on newsstands nationwide (and for sale on OxfordAmerican.org) on December 1, 2014.
Rewards will be distributed beginning December 2014.
WHO'S RUNNING THIS THING?
Roger D. Hodge, a native of Del Rio, Texas, has been the editor of the Oxford American since 2012. He is the author of The Mendacity of Hope, and his essays have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, and Harper’s, where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently writing a book about life in the West Texas borderlands.
Rick Clark is the music editor of the Oxford American. He also works as a music supervisor for television and film, and his credits include Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, and Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. He has produced projects by Los Super Seven and Death Cab For Cutie, among others. Rick lives in Columbia, Tennessee.
Special thanks to Graywolf Press; Random House; The Field Office; Scribner; and Grove Atlantic for sponsoring five of our pledge levels.
Risks and challenges
The Texas Music Issue will be our sixteenth annual music issue . . . so even though this is a complicated project, it’s not our first rodeo; we know all about song licensing and CD mastering (not to mention the work that goes into editing and producing a magazine). The team at the helm of this project is the same crew that brought you last year’s Tennessee music issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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