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Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3
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Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3

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Few records hit with the impact of the recordings of Harry Smith's Anthology. Released at a time when folk music was largely dominated by academics, and when copyright law was considerably less sophisticated, Smith's six-volume set was an authoritative, exceedingly quirky departure. His take on folk music didn't focus on exotic field recordings from faraway

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Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How dare you, Mr. Wheeler, clutter up this site with your profound ignorance. Were it not for these recordings there would be no Simon & Garfunkel, Peter Paul & Mary, etc. You indeed fit the definition of the north end of a southbound horse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These have passed in and out of publication over the years. Once available only to the collector and library pirate, they're back for you to inspire a new generation with. America's contribution to world culture is the melange of folk music that came together between the wars. Drink deep. This is where it all came from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reviewer David Wheeler doesn't quite get it . . . THESE are the songs that influenced Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and all the rest. This is the place to begin, and Harry Smith had the foresight to save these gems, setting them before us.
morymed More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of American (and World) Folk, Bluegrass and Cultural Music. This collection showcases the full range of American Folk music, and is so applicable to anyone desiring a great variety of genuine, artifactual, and pertinent music celebrating the genre. It's a little "back woods" and a little "bluesy". It's a little "sing a longy" and a little "rocky". This collection is absolutely perfect to fill a large part of every one of your days with exactly what you're looking for in a collection that does and has what it says. I enjoy having this as part of my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer Wheeler must not know the history and did not read the album info. This famous anthology came out in the 50's chronicling the recorded folk music in America from the 20's, 30's,etc. It was sort of the bible for the aspiring folk artists of the 1960s. It's influence was immense. The imagery, the history, the biblical and mythic references, these "simple" songs are complicated art -- a kind of impact esily heard in the work of Dylan, Ochs, and the other "folk" artists from Greenwich Village. Because the Smithsonian bought up the Folkways archives, these and other "folk" recordings are available again. Rolling Stone rated it 5 stars. Although I don't always agree with RS, I too rate this 5 stars.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A "anthology of american folk mmusic" how dare thay call this a anithology, not "one" bob dylan, woody guththry, peter,paul,and mary,simon & garfunkle.Woddy jr. Tom harden no,no,no,no,noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!"