The Cowboy and the Dandy

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

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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 blues tradition by focusing on the preoccupation with boundaries that are common to both - the boundaries between freedom and irony, country and city, cowboy and dandy. 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. The Cowboy and the Dandy offers a potent synthesis of the cultural collisions and explosive incongruities integral to American art and identity. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of rock music and Romanticism, and a treat for general readers interested in popular music and culture.
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  • Electronic book text | 177 pages
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed.
  • 1423759885
  • 9781423759881

About Perry Meisel

Perry Meisel is Professor of English at New York University. Over the past 25 years he has written about both Romantic literature and rock and roll music, the first as the author of The Myth of the Modern, The Absent Father: Virginia Woolf and Walter Pater, and Thomas Hardy: The Return of theRepressed; the second as critic and reviewer for The Village Voice, Crawdaddy, and The Boston Phoenix. He is also editor of Freud: A Collection of Critical Essays, and coeditor of Bloomsbury/Freud: The Letters of James and Alix Strachey, 1924- 25.
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