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

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

byPerry Meisel

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

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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 betweenfreedom 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, MilesDavis, 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 fromwithout.

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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 the Repressed; the second as critic and reviewe...
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Title:The Cowboy and the Dandy: Crossing Over from Romanticism to Rock and RollFormat:HardcoverDimensions:166 pages, 8.31 × 5.51 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195118170

ISBN - 13:9780195118179

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Table of Contents

1. The Country and the City2. Wilde West3. Influence and Originality in the Blues tradition4. The Psychedelic Sublime5. "I Second that Emotion"6. Willa Cather and the Art of the "Cross Stitch"7. Miles Apart?8. Virginia Woolf's Crosswriting9. The Body EnglishA Coda on Canonicity and Mythology

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"...Perry Meisel's ambitious and yet playful new book...treats literary Romanticism from Shelley to Willa Cather, and Romantic rock and roll from King Curtis to the Ramones....much of this book may be 'outrageous'--but rock and roll seeks no higher praise."--The Wordsworth Circle