The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music

by Jocelyn R. Neal
     
 

The songs of country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers have been appropriated by dozens of musicians and radically transformed since he first recorded them nearly 90 years ago. His songs have often resurfaced at critical moments when country music has been forced to confront issues of style, gender, race, and tradition. In this cultural and historical study, Jocelyn R.

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The songs of country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers have been appropriated by dozens of musicians and radically transformed since he first recorded them nearly 90 years ago. His songs have often resurfaced at critical moments when country music has been forced to confront issues of style, gender, race, and tradition. In this cultural and historical study, Jocelyn R. Neal discusses three of Rodgers' most influential songs—"Muleskinner Blues," "In the Jailhouse Now," and "T for Texas." She offers a radically new perspective on the role of Rodgers and his music in the making of country music, and on the ways in which individual songs take on special significance in American cultural life.

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253220820
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Series:
Profiles in Popular Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Creating History: Jimmie Rodgers and the Origins of Country Music
2. Why Everybody Wanted to Be a Muleskinner
3. Still in the Jailhouse
4. T for Texas, Blues, and Southern Rock
5. Old Songs, New Songs, Yodel Songs
Appendix: List of Recordings by Chapter
Selective Bibliography
Index

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