Friday, April 17, 2009

Book News

My newest book, Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals is off to my editors at Oxford. I'm writing this in collaboration with Molly Beer.

The book is a multi-voiced telling of the story of folk music from the early collectors through to today's online music communities. This book demonstrates the diversity behind the complex evolution of folk music in North America through contextualized oral history interview segments. These interviews tell a narrative in mosaic, layering anecdotes and often-contradictory opinions, to tell not only what happened during the folk revivals, but what it meant to those who were personally and passionately involved. Here the interviews themselves—the voices of musicians, musicologists, writers, activists, and aficionados—open an accessible, primary source introduction to folk music and its history.

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