Kansas State University Acquires the Collection of Blues Legend Jimmy Rogers

jrogers-smbluesThe library at Kansas State University has received the archives of blues legend Jimmy Rogers. The collection includes more than 2,500 items relating to Rogers’ career from the period 1960 until his death in 1997. Rogers was a major figure in the Chicago blues scene in the years following World War II. He was the lead guitarist for Muddy Water’s band in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Department of Special Collections of the Kansas State University Library is now showing an exhibit of the materials. The exhibit will be displayed through March 13, 2015.

Wayne Goins, a professor of music and jazz studies has published a new book, entitled Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story (University of Illinois Press, 2014). Professor Goins has been on the faculty at Kansas State since 1998. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctorate in music education from Florida State University.

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