Political Folk Music in America from Its Origins to Bob Dylan (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Feb 1, 2010 - Social Science - 213 pages
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Many American folk singers have tried to leave their world a better place by writing songs of social protest. Musicians like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez sang with fierce moral voices to transform what they saw as an uncaring society. But the personal tales of these guitar-toting idealists were often more tangled than the comparatively pure vision their art would suggest. Many singers produced work in the midst of personal failure and deeply troubled relationships, and under the influence of radical ideas and organizations. This provocative work examines both the long tradition of folk music in its American political context and the lives of those troubadours who wrote its most enduring songs.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
One Music from the Mountains
9
Two Music from the Gutter
19
Three Hard Luck Days
33
Four Which Side Are You On? The Left Discovers Folk Music
46
Five The Endless Hootenanny
76
Six Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?The Folk Singers Under Attack
97
Seven The Great Folk Scare
124
Eight The Runaway Prophet
142
Nine The Very Sound of Hope
177
Chapter Notes
185
References
189
Index
199
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About the author (2010)

Lawrence J. Epstein has written extensively on the history of comedy teams and the influence of Jewish humor in America. From 1974 to 2008 he was a professor of English at Suffolk County Community College in New York.

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