Discovering Folk Music (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 181 pages
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From indigenous music to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing "This Land Is Your Land" side-by-side at the pre-inaugural concert for our first African American president, folk music has been at the center of America's history. Thomas Jefferson wooed his bride-to-be with fiddle playing. Stephen Foster captured the mood of our country in transition. The Carter Family adapted music from across the pond to Appalachia. Paul Robeson carried folk music of many lands to the world stage. Woody Guthrie's dust bowl ballads spoke to the common man, while Sixties protest music put folk on the map, following the Kingston Trio's hit, "Tom Dooley."

Folk music has evolved with America's changing landscape, celebrating its multi-cultural traditions. From Irish step dancers to rap, parlor songs to Dixieland, blues to classical, "Discovering Folk Music" presents the genre as surprisingly diverse, every bit the product of our national melting pot.

Demonstrating continuing relevance of folk music in our everyday lives, the book spotlights an amazing array of personalities, with special emphasis on the folk revival era when Dylan, Baez, Odetta, and Peter, Paul and Mary sang out. These and others influenced such contemporary performers as Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco. Those on today's "fringes of folk" scene continue to look to these deep roots while embracing alternative sounds.

Included are interviews with such legendary artists as Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, and Jean Ritchie. Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, also weighs in. "Discovering Folk Music" is a ground-breaking look at 21st-century folk music in our rapidly changing digital world, family friendly while ripe for rediscovery by the Woodstock generation.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Folk Music? Beyond Kumbaya
1
A Cultural Mosaic
13
50 Years On
31
New Folk to AntiFolk
53
Chapter 5 The Power of Song
65
Chapter 6 Guitars Harmonicas and Banjos Oh My
81
Photo Section
89
FamilyFriendly
89
Chapter 8 Folk Alive Front Porches to Festivals
97
Tom Paxton to the Abrams Brothers
105
The Times They Keep AChangin
111
Selected Resources
117
A Folk Continuum
155
Index
159
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About the author (2010)

STEPHANIE P. LEDGIN is a journalist and photographer who has focused on bluegrass and traditional folk music since 1975, when she began work as an editor of the seminal bluegrass magazine Pickin'. Her work has also appeared in such publications as Bluegrass Unlimited, Acoustic Guitar, Sing Out!, and Bluegrass Now.

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