Music from the True Vine: Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey

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A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." In this fascinating biography, Bill Malone explores the life and musical contributions of folk artist Seeger.
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Overview

A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." In this fascinating biography, Bill Malone explores the life and musical contributions of folk artist Seeger.
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"[An] illuminating biography . . . . paints Seeger's contribution to the folk music revival as one of genuine respect for and commemoration of the music he was preserving and lets the importance of Seeger's work speak for itself."--Library Journal

"Resistant to making his own life a central part of his legacy, [Mike Seeger] remained an enigma to many who'd long relished and built on his music. . . . The more obscure parts of the story are clarified in Bill C. Malone's biography, Music From the True Vine."--The Wall Street Journal

"In Bill C. Malone, Seeger has a biographer worthy of his importance."--ForeWord

"[An] excellent and affectionate biography."--Times Literary Supplement

"This is a delightful biography of Mike Seeger . . . . A must read for anyone interested in folk music. Essential. All readers."--Choice

"Malone traces Seeger's life and achievements with affection and in remarkable detail."--Booklist

"An important contribution to folklore scholarship. . . . Rich in detail and could be a blueprint for telling the story of an individual's entrance into a musical career."--Journal of American Folklore

"Malone, long the nation's most authoritative historian of country music, has written an impressively researched, psychologically insightful, and eminently readable biography of an individual whose lifework changed our understanding both of folk music and the southern region that spawned it."--Journal of Southern History

"An excellent book for the general reader of traditional music history and even for those who knew Seeger. . . . Malone's biography, with its detailed references, will be an important resource for further scholarly research on the history of traditional American music."--Studies in American Culture

"What renders the book relevant to a wide range of readers--whether or not they have ever heard of Mike Seeger--is its emphasis on placing the musician's life into broader contexts."--West Virginia History
"A fascinating tribute to a man who changed the face of American music." --The Clarion Ledger

"A thorough and fitting account of Seeger's work and a celebration of the timeless music that he cherished and did so much to perpetuate."--Music Book Reader Bulletin, Caught by the River

"Malone is the perfect author to have written this biography of Mike Seeger."--New York Journal of Books

"Un ouvrage essential pour mieux comprendre la musique folk americaine."--Le Canard Folk

"Malone's Music from the True Vine recounts Mike Seeger's life and mission in rich detail . . . . It's a balanced, well-told story of a passion for this rural music and of its importance in our daily lives."--News Leader

"Malone's work is an important tribute to a rare musician."--The Daily Page

Library Journal
This is a brief but illuminating biography of the member of the Seeger family still known primarily as one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers. Malone (Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class), who was personally acquainted with Mike Seeger (1933–2009), draws on interviews and other primary sources. The chapter on the Ramblers is the core of the book, and this biography is a good counterpart to Ray Allen's recent Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival. Still, Malone is careful to explore Seeger's other roles as both a musician and a folk music collector. Malone paints Seeger's contribution to the folk music revival as one of genuine respect for and commemoration of the music he was preserving and lets the importance of Seeger's work speak for itself. VERDICT For music historians, ethnomusicologists, and American folk music fans.—Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran Univ. Lib., Tacoma, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807835104
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 751,090
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Malone is professor of history emeritus at Tulane University.
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