Folk Music: The Basics

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Overview

Folk Music: The Basics offers an introduction to two hundred years of British and American folk music. It is a fresh approach to various aspects of folk music, including collectors and scholars, as well as professional performers, transatlantic influences, the changing nature of public acceptance, and much more. The two sides of the folk tradition are examined - both as popular and commercial expressions. Throughout, sidebars offer studies of key folk performers, record labels, and related issues to place the general discussion in context. A comprehensive bibliography and discography provide resources for further research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415971591
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Series: Basics Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Cohen is Emeritus Professor of History at Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest. He is the author of several books on traditional music, including Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970 (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2002), and the editor of Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997 (Routledge, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Nineteenth century background : Great Britain and the United States 1
Definitions 1
Nineteenth century in British Isles : collectors and songs 4
Nineteenth century in the United States : collectors and songs 8
Other ethnic groups 15
2 1900-1930 19
Cowboy songs 26
Country goes commercial 26
African-American influences 29
Blues 34
Folk becomes more academic and popular 38
The role of the federal government 41
Decade ends 43
3 1930-1950 47
Great Britain 47
Folk music in the United States during the depression 49
Country music 57
Folk music scholarship and popularity 64
Alan Lomax and people's music 66
World War II 75
Postwar years 79
4 The fifties 89
Great Britain 89
Skiffle 98
Lomax, MacColl, and Lloyd 100
The United States 103
Folk song scholarship 107
Mid-decade music 110
Folk music at mid-decade 112
The Kingston Trio 123
Decade ends 125
5 The sixties 129
Great Britain 129
Folk clubs and the changing scene 133
Electric folk 135
Decade's end 136
The United States 137
Traditional folk 145
Topical songs 148
Hootenanny 153
Festivals 157
Folk rock 163
Decade ends 166
6 Century ends 169
Great Britain 169
Clubs and festivals 170
The United States 175
World music 179
Southern roots music revival 181
The century ends 185
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