Friday, May 7, 2010
An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals
David King Dunaway and Molly Beer
Release date: March 17, 2010
Publication date: May 6, 2010
$27.95 | 288 pages | hardcover (01)
ISBN13: 9780195378344 | ISBN10: 0195378344
Editor: Nancy Toff | Publicist: Carolyn Petri | Marketer: Samara Stob
Intimate, anecdotal, and spell-binding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music.
Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of this movement.
The narrators highlight many of the major folk revival figures, including Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, and Holly Near. Together they tell the stories of such musical groups as the Composers' Collective, the Almanac Singers, People's Songs, the Weavers, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Freedom Singers. Folklorists, musicians, musicologists, writers, activists, and aficionados reveal not only what happened during the folk revivals, but what it meant to those personally and passionately involved.
For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish.
Extensive notes, bibliography, and discography, plus a photo section.
Read reviews and summaries or buy the book here.
Posted by David Dunaway at 12:53 PM