Mazor's research is exhaustive and his conclusions are well drawn.
Jimmie Rodgers, according to Mazor, was a "connector" and, as such, he heavily influenced each of the most popular genres of American music.
There is something for everyone here and I suspect this book will be the standard by which all that follow are measured.
I got "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers" because I wanted to learn more about the "Father of Country Music". I did get a good general biography of the life of Jimmie Rodgers but, when his... Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Randy Keehn
Hats off to Barry Mazor's diligence and hard work in researching this book and then writing it in such a way as to make enthralling for the casual reader as well as the... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by P. HAZELL
When most writers opine about the origins of American popular music, they focus deeply on African American music--the blues, jazz or rarely black gospel. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by Kevin Fontenot
Barry Mazor is without a doubt one of the finest writers about music I've ever encountered. He's eloquent, insightful and eminently readable. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by Daffy Du
I was only vaguely familiar with Jimmie Rodgers when I picked this book up, recalling him as a "yodeling cowboy", a precursor to childhood singing cowboy heroes Gene Autry and Roy... Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Jerry Saperstein
Really well researched and well written music bio. Anyone interested in the roots of American music, or who just likes to read a good artist bio, will get something out of this.Published on November 6, 2009 by Brian J. Greene
This book is an in depth description of the legacy country singer Jimmie Rodgers had on the development of modern country and pop music. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by David W. Southworth
If you want to understand 20th century music (and beyond) you need to read this book.
I think it was that he died young, that others felt they could copy his style... Read more
the Brakeman singeth, or some such title. Having heard Rodgers referenced by Woody Guthrie,Leadbelly and Dylan, i decided to find out for myself. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by A. Hogan