Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: how America's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century

Book Cover
Average Rating
Oxford University Press,
Pub. Date:
In the nearly eight decades since his death from tuberculosis at age thirty-five, singer-songwriter Jimmie Rodgers has been an inspiration for numerous top performers-from Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Bill Monroe and Hank Williams to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, and Beck. How did this Mississippi-born vaudevillian, a former railroad worker who performed so briefly so long ago, produce tones, tunes, and themes that have had such broad influence and made him the model for the way American roots music stars could become popular heroes? In Meeting Jimmie Rodgers, the first book to explore the deep legacy of "The Singing Brakeman" from a twenty-first century perspective, Barry Mazor offers a lively look at Rodgers' career, tracing his rise from working-class obscurity to the pinnacle of renown that came with such hits as "Blue Yodel" and "In the Jailhouse Now." As Mazor shows, Rodgers brought emotional clarity and a unique sense of narrative drama to every song he performed, whether tough or sentimental, comic or sad. His wistful singing, falsetto yodels, bold flat-picking guitar style, and sometimes censorable themes-sex, crime, and other edgy topics-set him apart from most of his contemporaries. But more than anything else, Mazor suggests, it was Rodgers' shape-shifting ability to assume many public personas-working stiff, decked-out cowboy, suave ladies' man-that connected him to such a broad public and set the stage for the stars who followed him. Mazor goes beyond Rodgers's own life to map the varied places his music has gone, forever changing not just country music but also rock and roll, blues, jazz, bluegrass, Western, commercial folk, and much more. In reconstructing this far-flung legacy, Mazor enables readers to meet Rodgers and his music anew--not as an historical figure, but as a vibrant, immediate force.
More Details
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 0ea3969c-da35-e63b-4675-890f32bb25de
full_title meeting jimmie rodgers how americas original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century
author mazor barry
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:52AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1576240126805147648
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Mazor, Barry.
author-letter Mazor, Barry.
author_additional Barry Mazor.
author_display Mazor, Barry
availability_toggle_arlington Available Now, Entire Collection
available_at_arlington Central
callnumber-a ML420.R753
callnumber-first M - Music
callnumber-subject ML - Literature on Music
callnumber_sort_arlington 782.421642 RODGERS MAZOR
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
date_added 2011-01-26T05:00:00Z
days_since_added 2398
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_boost 10
format_category_arlington Books
grouping_category book
id 0ea3969c-da35-e63b-4675-890f32bb25de
isbn 9780195327625
item_details ils:.b13238899|.i14088058|Central Adult Nonfiction|782.421642 RODGERS MAZOR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|May 31, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_arlington 50
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 782.421642 RODGERS MAZOR
local_callnumber_exact_arlington 782.421642 RODGERS MAZOR
local_callnumber_left_arlington 782.421642 RODGERS MAZOR
local_days_since_added_arlington 2398
num_holdings 1
oclc (OCoLC)255902700
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
physical viii, 376 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
popularity 1
primary_isbn 9780195327625
publishDate 2009
publishDateSort 2009
publisher Oxford University Press,
rating 2.5
rating_facet oneStar, twoStar
record_details ils:.b13238899|Book|Books||English|Oxford University Press,|2009.|viii, 376 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records a, arlington, c, d, g, h, o, p, s, u, v, w
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13238899|.i14088058|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Country musicians -- United States -- Biography
table_of_contents Meeting Jimmie Rodgers halfway -- The man who walked into Southern show business -- Close to the ground : the singing brakeman -- America's Blue Yodeler no. 1 : this white guy sings blues, too -- America's Blue Yodeler no. 2 : instigator of blue yodelmania -- International multimedia star -- Doomed singer-songwriter with guitar -- The late, great Jimmie Rodgers -- South by Southwest : an easterner in a cowboy hat -- Back East : the hillbilly echo, 1933-1947 -- Some sort of folksinger? -- The father of country music -- Rough and rowdy ways : to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- Sentiments in context : the return of vaudeville Jimmie -- High-powered mamas : women and the music of Jimmie Rodgers -- Down the old road to home.
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title Meeting Jimmie Rodgers : how America's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century
title_display Meeting Jimmie Rodgers : how America's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century
title_full Meeting Jimmie Rodgers : how America's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century / Barry Mazor
title_short Meeting Jimmie Rodgers :
title_sort meeting jimmie rodgers how america's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century
title_sub how America's original roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century