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Sampling virtually all of the old-time styles within the musical traditions still extant in north Georgia, Folk Visions and Voices is a collection of eighty-two songs and instrumentals, enhanced by photographs, illustrations, biographical sketches of performers, and examples of their narratives, sermons, tales, and reminiscences.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition, Reissue|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
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This collection is the product of field research and recordings done in the late 1970's and early 1980's, very professionally documented in an attractive book. The performers' stories and lifestyles are told as are the histories of the songs. There are numerous illustrations and photos; many transcriptions of lyrics and melodies; cross-references to previous scholarly collections--Childs, etc. There is a Forward by Pete Seeger, a Bibliography, a North Georgia Discography and an Index of Titles and First Lines of Songs. The lack of an Index is made up for by a detailed Table of Contents. This out-of-print book originally came with a two-CD set of field recordings that is an essential part of appreciating the book. Fortunately, the set is still available separately from Smithsonian Folkways under the same title as the book (Volumes I & II). The dimemsions of the book are unusual--8 3/4" "tall" and 10 1/2" wide--making it sort of a "coffee table" book. The nice dust jacket is unfortunately attached to the inside covers, back and front. Shortly after getting the book I took it on a trip on an airplane and, in the packing and unpacking, the dust jacket tore in several places. The opportunities for field recordings of traditional American music are diminishing if not outright disappearing. It is very fortunate that the talented and skilled Art and Margo Rosenbaum undertook this ambitious project and presented the fruits of their labor in such an enjoyable and, at the same time, professional manor.