Discovering Folk Music

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From indigenous music to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing "This Land Is Your Land" side-by-side at the pre-inaugural concert for our first African American president, folk music has been at the center of America's history. Thomas Jefferson wooed his bride-to-be with fiddle playing. Stephen Foster captured the mood of our country in transition. The Carter Family adapted music from across the pond to Appalachia. Paul Robeson carried folk music of many lands to the world stage. Woody Guthrie's dust bowl ...

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Overview

From indigenous music to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing "This Land Is Your Land" side-by-side at the pre-inaugural concert for our first African American president, folk music has been at the center of America's history. Thomas Jefferson wooed his bride-to-be with fiddle playing. Stephen Foster captured the mood of our country in transition. The Carter Family adapted music from across the pond to Appalachia. Paul Robeson carried folk music of many lands to the world stage. Woody Guthrie's dust bowl ballads spoke to the common man, while Sixties protest music put folk on the map, following the Kingston Trio's hit, "Tom Dooley."

Folk music has evolved with America's changing landscape, celebrating its multi-cultural traditions. From Irish step dancers to rap, parlor songs to Dixieland, blues to classical, Discovering Folk Music presents the genre as surprisingly diverse, every bit the product of our national melting pot.

Demonstrating continuing relevance of folk music in our everyday lives, the book spotlights an amazing array of personalities, with special emphasis on the folk revival era when Dylan, Baez, Odetta, and Peter, Paul and Mary sang out. These and others influenced such contemporary performers as Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco. Those on today's "fringes of folk" scene continue to look to these deep roots while embracing alternative sounds.

Included are interviews with such legendary artists as Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, and Jean Ritchie. Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, also weighs in. Discovering Folk Music is a ground-breaking look at 21st-century folk music in our rapidly changing digital world, family friendly while ripe for rediscovery by the Woodstock generation.

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"This is a brilliant, scholarly but readable introduction to its subject, 'folk music,' broadly defined, by an award-winning photo-journalist . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned a lot of things from a very-well-informed expert in the field. The Resources and the Index will guide anyone to a deeper appreciation of folk music . . . Stephanie has hit this one out of the park."

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www.thedigitalfolklife.org

"This is a good introduction, which does bring the subject right up to the present day. There are also useful lists of resources for exploring the topic further."

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English Dance & Song

"A photojournalist and a longtime fan of folk music, Ledgin has pulled together a wide variety of information, creating

a helpful guide. . . . This book is intended to guide those who want basic knowledge of folk music in the US in order to appreciate it better. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275993870
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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