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Right to the Juke Joint
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The cowboy songs and dusty Texas car rides of his youth set Patrick B. Mullen on a lifelong journey into the sprawling Arcadia of American music. That music fused so-called civilized elements with native forms to produce everything from Zydeco to Conjunto to jazz to Woody Guthrie. The civilized/native idea, meanwhile, helped develop Mullen's critical perspective, guide his love of music, and steer his life's work. Part scholar's musings and part fan's memoir, Right to the Juke Joint follows Mullen from his early embrace of country and folk to the full flowering of an idiosyncratic, omnivorous interest in music. Personal memory merges with a lifetime of fieldwork in folklore and anthropology to provide readers with a deeply informed analysis of American roots music. Mullen opens up on the world of ideas and his own tireless fandom to explore how his cultural identity--and ours--relates to concepts like authenticity and "folkness." The result is a charming musical map drawn by a gifted storyteller whose boots have traveled a thousand tuneful roads.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. They All Go Native on a Saturday Night: Civilized versus Native in American Vernacular Music
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Yes Indeed: Race, Revival, and Rock ’n’ Roll
  2. pp. 20-45
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  1. 3. Let’s Get Dixie Fried: Sexuality, Masculinity, Race, and Rockabilly
  2. pp. 46-65
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  1. 4. Take Me Higher: Dancing, Drinking, and Doing Drugs
  2. pp. 66-87
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  1. 5. Blues and the Abstract Truth: From Blues to Jazz
  2. pp. 88-115
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  1. 6. I Was So Much Older Then: Folk Revival into Rock ’n’ Roll
  2. pp. 116-144
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  1. 7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: Bluegrass, Folk Rock, and Outlaw Country
  2. pp. 145-169
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  1. 8. Come Back to Texas: From “Bogalusa Boogie” to “Soy Chicano”
  2. pp. 170-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-234
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