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Robert Johnson, mythmaking, and contemporary American culture

Author: Patricia R Schroeder
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2004] ©2004
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Suddenly Robert Johnson is everywhere. Though the Mississippi bluesman died young and recorded only twenty-nine songs, the legacy, legend, and lore surrounding him continue to grow. Focusing on these developments, Patricia R. Schroeder's Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture breaks new ground in Johnson scholarship, going beyond simple or speculative biography to explore him in his larger
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Named Person: Robert Johnson; Robert Johnson; Robert Johnson, Musiker.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia R Schroeder
ISBN: 0252029151 9780252029158
OCLC Number: 53006920
Description: x, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Robert Johnson as contested space --
The invention of the past --
The paradox of authenticity --
The new cultural politics difference --
Virtual Robert Johnson.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Patricia R. Schroeder.
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"Suddenly Robert Johnson is everywhere. Though the Mississippi bluesman died young and recorded only twenty-nine songs, the legacy, legend, and lore surrounding him continue to grow. Focusing on these developments, Patricia R. Schroeder's Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture breaks new ground in Johnson scholarship, going beyond simple or speculative biography to explore him in his larger role as a contemporary cultural icon." "Part literary analysis, part cultural criticism, and part biographical study, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture shows the Robert Johnson of today to be less a two-dimensional character fixed by the few known facts of his life than a dynamic and contested set of ideas."

"Represented in novels, in plays, and even on a postage stamp, he provides inspiration for "highbrow" cultural artifacts - such as poems - as well as Hollywood movies and T-shirts. Schroeder's detailed and scholarly analysis directly engages key images and stories about Johnson (such as the Faustian crossroads exchange of his soul for guitar virtuosity), navigating the many competing interpretations that swirl around him to reveal the cultural purposes these stories and their tellers serve." "Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture is essential reading for cultural critics and blues fans alike."--Jacket.

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