Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
JOHN BUSH JONES is the author of Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater, and The Songs That Fought the War: Popular Music and the Home Front, 1939–1945.
Praise for Reinventing Dixie
“This thought-provoking work explores a fascinating intersection of public history and popular culture. . . . Highly recommended.”—CHOICE
“Paying close attention to the imagery and setting of the lyrics, Jones’s resulting work is an unabashed love affair with such southern ‘memories.’ . . . Reinventing Dixie recalls in all its glory an important chapter in the Great American Songbook.”—Journal of Southern History
“What sets Reinventing Dixie apart from similar scholarship is the comprehensive discussion of sheet music about Dixie through detailed examination of the lyrics. . . . Jones complements existing research by providing substantial examples of song text that is organized in a meaningful way, as well as an index of song titles.”—Notes
“Making historic connections between the enchanting artifacts of popular culture and dramatic shifts in national taste has been the special task that John Bush Jones has assigned himself in a series of marvelous books. Reinventing Dixie extends and enhances that scholarly project. His latest volume is marked by characteristic charm, by surprising discoveries, by vividness of insight and by both tenacity and precision of research. For readers inside as well as outside the academy, Reinventing Dixie is bound to instruct and delight.”—Stephen J. Whitfield, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University
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