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General Information

Name:  Jennifer Greenburg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1977 in Chicago, Illinois

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Greenburg was born and raised in Chicago. She holds a B. F. A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and an M. F. A from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Greenburg is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Her work is part of the permanent collections of Light Work and the Museum of Contempory Photography. She has taught at Columbia College, Loyola University, Harold Washington College (all in Chicago) and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Currently she is ab Assistant Professor at Indiana University Northwest.


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The Rockabillies (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)
ISBN: 1930066996

Center for American Places. 2010

Elvis Presley. Pompadours. Black-and-white creeper shoes. Cuffed jeans. And a little bit of James Dean rebellion. These are just some of the ingredients of the modern Rockabilly style. Despite being generations removed from the original Rockabillies of the 1950s,

today’s Rockabilly subculture has adopted the look—the slick-backed hair or the Betty Paige bangs—and the sound—from Carl Perkins to Buddy Holly—of mid-twentieth century American youth culture.

In Rockabillies, photographer Jennifer Greenburg offers a visual tour of a unique global subculture and her own place within it. The individuals her photographs capture are examples of the rockabilly scene, having fully embraced the aesthetic values of teens in the 1950s.

What intrigues Greenburg is that these contemporary Rockabillies choose to overlook the social and political realities of the time period they adore and emulate. The subculture today has become a hybrid of texts and images—frequently taken out of context—from an era that saw race riots, cultural upheaval, and little hope for middle-class advancement. Few, if any, members of the Rockabilly culture would actually want to live in the post-war era

rather, the imagery and ideals have been adapted to serve a wistful interpretation of that time. As well, contemporary Rockabillies are not interested in historic preservation, but its members rarely stray from established fashion archetypes.

Through her photographs, Greenburg brings light to this unusual subculture and investigates its contradictory relationship to the American past.