Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction

Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction

by Mark Slobin


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When we think of folk music, most of us picture Pete Seeger singing "This Land is My Land" or Joan Baez singing "Barbara Allen." But this stimulating Very Short Introduction throws open the doors on a remarkably diverse musical genre, in a wide-ranging portrait that goes far beyond America's shores to discuss folk music of every possible kind and in every corner of the globe. Written by award-winning musicologist Mark Slobin, this is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan. He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions--northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world--with musical notation and lyrics included. And he also describes the efforts of scholars who fanned out across the globe, to find and document this ever-changing music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195395020
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/13/2011
Series: Very Short Introductions
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,240,681
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mark Slobin is Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, a two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Table of Contents

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1. Overview: Sound and Setting

2. Close-up: Songs, Strums, and Ceremonies

3. Intellectual Intervention: Scholars and Bureaucrats

4. Collecting and Circulating: Recording and Distributing

5. Internal Upsurge: Movements and Stars

6. Folk Music Today and Tomorrow


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