The Incompleat Folksinger

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Pete Seeger has sung as courageously as anyone has ever spoken, always in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited. His songs have enriched his life and his life has filled his songs with every emotion dear to the soul. But his deep understanding of sorrow and injustice have not spoiled a single note. He sings to enliven and encourage, to delight and tell tales. He snatches the riches of folksinging from as many sources as he can find and gives them freely and...
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Pete Seeger has sung as courageously as anyone has ever spoken, always in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited. His songs have enriched his life and his life has filled his songs with every emotion dear to the soul. But his deep understanding of sorrow and injustice have not spoiled a single note. He sings to enliven and encourage, to delight and tell tales. He snatches the riches of folksinging from as many sources as he can find and gives them freely and gladly to any audience that cares to listen.

Decades of work and travel have made him famous but he remains forever in tune with the folk. He describes his friends and inspirations, his conflicts with the bosses and the government, his favorite songs, stories, and instruments, and the kind of learning that comes from listening carefully. "Any fool can get complicated," he writes. "We are born in simplicity but die of complications."

Pete Seeger has sung as courageously as anyone has ever spoken, always in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited. Decades of work and travel have made him famous, but he remains forever in tune with the folk. Here he describes his friends and inspirations, his favorite songs and stories, and the kind of learning that comes from listening carefully. 37 photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780803292161
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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Seeger has provided a new preface for this Bison Book edition.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Bison Book Edition
Introduction 5
Editor's Note 7
Pt. I Old Songs and New People 9
1 A Revival of Interest in Folk Music? 11
2 Two American Musicians - Who Showed Us How to Combine Old and New 27
Leadbelly 27
Woody 41
3 Some Folk Roots and Protest Traditions 62
"That's Nice, But Is It a Folk Song?" 62
Some American Traditions 63
Some British Traditions 113
Some South African Traditions 128
The Folk Process 144
Pt. II A Folk Revival in the Atom Age 151
4 1954-69 Notes For and About Johnny Appleseed, Jrs. (Mainly from the pages of Sing Out) 153
Pt. III Making Homemade Music 323
5 Ways of Singing With and For People 325
6 Voices 352
7 Some Instruments 363
8 Making New Songs 398
9 Style, Standards and Responsibility - American Heritage and Contemporary Singers 410
Pt. IV The World That Music Lives in 423
10 Races and Racism: A Singer's View 425
11 Money and Music - Observations on the Commercial Big Time and Its Attempts to Make Money out of Folk Music 438
12 A Question of Patriotism 462
13 Other Folk - Songs and Celebrations in Several Parts of the World 487
14 Languages, Translations and Mixtures - Some Comments on the Many Vocabularies of Music, Speech and Other Ways of Human Expression 531
15 The Incompleat Folksinger - Some Supplementary Memories, Acknowledgments and Generalizations 553
Extroduction 567
Appendix: Where to Find Songs? 573
The Picture Makers 583
Index 585
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