Romancing the Folk: Public Memory & American Roots Music

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UNC Press Books, 2000 - Music - 325 pages
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In American music, the notion of "roots" has been a powerful refrain, but just what constitutes our true musical traditions has often been a matter of debate. As Benjamin Filene reveals, a number of competing visions of America's musical past have vied fo
  

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For the first half of this country!s existence, our folk song heritage could be traced directly to British peasant culture. Early in the 20th century, musicologists began taking note of such ... Read full review

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This is an enjoyable overview of folk music. Filene looks at the roots of the genre, discussing perceptions of authenticity and explaining the early commercialization of folk artists. His profiles of ... Read full review

Contents

SETTING THE STAGE IDENTIFYING AN AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC HERITAGE 19OO193O
9
CREATING THE CULT OF AUTHENTICITY THE LOMAXES AND LEAD BELLY
47
MASTERING THE CULT OF AUTHENTICITY LEONARD CHESS WILLIE DIXON AND THE STRANGE CAREER OF MUDDY WATERS
76
SEARCHING FOR FOLK MUSICS INSTITUTIONAL NICHE ALAN LOIMAX CHARLES SEEGER B A DOTKIN RICHARD DORSON
133
PERFORMING THE FOLK PETE SEEGER A BOB DYLAN
183
CODA
233
NOTES
237
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
DISCOCRAPHY
303
PERMISSIONS
305
INDEX
307

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Benjamin Filene is associate professor and director of public history at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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