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In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music Audiobook

In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music

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Born into poverty in Mississippi at the close of the 19th century, Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers established themselves among the most influential musicians of their era. In Tune tells the story of the parallel careers of these two pioneering recording artists - one white, one black - who moved beyond their humble origins to change the face of American music.

At a time when segregation formed impassable lines of demarcation in most areas of southern life, music transcended racial boundaries. Jimmie Rodgers and Charley Patton drew inspiration from musical traditions on both sides of the racial divide, and their songs about hard lives, raising hell, and the hope of better days ahead spoke to white and black audiences alike. Their music reflected the era in which they lived but evoked a range of timeless human emotions. As the invention of the phonograph disseminated traditional forms of music to a wider audience, Jimmie Rodgers gained fame as the "Father of Country Music", while Patton's work eventually earned him the title "King of the Delta Blues."

Patton and Rodgers both died young, leaving behind a relatively small number of recordings. Though neither remains well known to mainstream audiences, the impact of their contributions echoes in the songs of today.

The book is published by Louisiana State University Press.

©2014 Louisiana State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

''With this admirable and instructive book, Wynne adds to and enriches the literature dedicated to these musicians.... Highly recommended.'' ( Choice)

''Wynne is to be commended for his passionate, detailed research in an important area of American music history.'' ( Journal of Southern History)

''A gripping examination of how the work of Patton, Rodgers and others of the era would come to define so much of popular music in the decades to come.'' ( Memphis Commercial Appeal)

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