Study Guide, Singing Cowboys

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American Studies Department Rutgers- The State University Study Guide- Singing Cowboys Cowboys are an integral part of American culture, but the way they are pictured is often more Hollywood then reality. Through music, movies, and media, the legend and mythology of the West has become America’s own unique legend. From the Marlboro Man of cigarette ads to Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, American culture has been affected by the cowboy and in turn has changed the reality of a cowboy’s gritty life into an iconic image. This film deals with one particular cowboy portrayal, the Singing Cowboy. 1) Why did singing become popular amongst real cowboys? What cultural influences turned it into the style it eventually became? Singing settled the animals down, boredom, to entertain themselves; various cultures contributed to cowboy music, i.e. black, Mexican, Irish, etc. 2) How did Gene Autry’s career start? How were his original songs much different than his later persona? 1935 in serial, mimicked cowboy hero Will Rogers, discovered while singing at a train station (telegraph operator at a railroad), hired
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