Music from the True Vine: Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Oct 24, 2011 - Music - 256 pages
A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." In this fascinating biography, Bill Malone explores the life and musical contributions of folk artist Seeger, son of musicologists Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger and brother of folksingers Pete and Peggy Seeger.

Malone argues that Seeger, while not as well known as his brother, may be more important to the history of American music through his work in identifying and giving voice to the people from whom the folk revival borrowed its songs. Seeger recorded and produced over forty albums, including the work of artists such as Libba Cotten, Tommy Jarrell, Dock Boggs, and Maybelle Carter. In 1958, with an ambition to recreate the southern string bands of the twenties, he formed the New Lost City Ramblers, helping to inspire the urban folk revival of the sixties. Music from the True Vine presents Seeger as a gatekeeper of American roots music and culture, showing why generations of musicians and fans of traditional music regard him as a mentor and an inspiration.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 THE SEEGER HERITAGE
9
Growing up in the Seeger Household
27
The Baltimore Years
53
Creating the OldTime Music Scene
77
Mike Seeger and the Search for Authenticity
113
Home at Last
147
7 THE MIKE SEEGER LEGACY
169
Notes
175
Note on Sources
209
Selected Works
215
Index
217
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Bill Malone is professor of history emeritus at Tulane University.

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