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The Cowboy and the Dandy: Crossing Over from Romanticism to Rock and Roll
by Perry Meisel
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 ho ...more
Hardcover, 166 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1998)
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Brilliant arguments in this book, but it reads much like someone's senior thesis. Only... 100x better. This is an academic work (citations galore!); Meisel's writing is nonetheless lyrical, evocative, animated, and moving. He writes about jazz with the cadence of bebop; his chapter on Virginia Woolf is dreamy and atmospheric while sharply observed. The richness and density of the material means this isn't an easy book to get through, but it's worth it for the myriad tangents it will make you wan ...more