The Cowboy and the Dandy: Crossing Over From Romanticism to Rock and Roll

The Cowboy and the Dandy: Crossing Over From Romanticism to Rock and Roll

by Perry Meisel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195118170

ISBN-13: 9780195118179

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What is rock and roll and where does it come from? In this adventurous new study of music, literature, and culture, Perry Meisel shows how rock and roll joins Romanticism and the blues tradition by focusing on the preoccupation with boundaries that are common to both—the boundaries between freedom and irony, country and city, and cowboy and dandy. Meisel

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What is rock and roll and where does it come from? In this adventurous new study of music, literature, and culture, Perry Meisel shows how rock and roll joins Romanticism and the blues tradition by focusing on the preoccupation with boundaries that are common to both—the boundaries between freedom and irony, country and city, and cowboy and dandy. Meisel traces the emergence of rock and roll out of jazz and Romantic culture alike as he examines, in a series of juxtaposed chapters, rhythm and blues, Emerson and the cowboy, urban blues, the dandy and psychedelia, Willa Cather, Miles Davis, Virginia Woolf, and 1960s rock. In the process, Meisel shows how the presumable difference between high and mass or pop culture disappears when both turn out to have similar structures. He also reveals how canons emerge inevitably within all traditions rather than being imposed upon them from without.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195118179
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. The Country and the City
2. Wilde West
3. Influence and Originality in the Blues tradition
4. The Psychedelic Sublime
5. "I Second that Emotion"
6. Willa Cather and the Art of the "Cross Stitch"
7. Miles Apart?
8. Virginia Woolf's Crosswriting
9. The Body English
A Coda on Canonicity and Mythology

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