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Farm Aid

Edited by Holly George-Warren , Foreword by Willie Nelson

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For twenty years, Farm Aid has brought together American family farmers and people who care about their food. This inspiring volume documents the struggles and vitality of family farmers in America and the 300+ artists who have performed on the Farm Aid concert stage. With Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, along with a who's who of writers and artists, contribute their voices, and photographers share never-before-seen photos to commemorate two decades of Farm Aid concerts.

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.3 x 25.4mm | 1,088.63g
  • 28 Oct 2005
  • RODALE PRESS
  • Pennsylvania
  • English
  • 150 colour photographs, 50 b&w photographs
  • 1594862850
  • 9781594862854

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HOLLY GEORGE-WARREN is an award-winning writer and editor, whose works include "The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats, American Roots Music," and "Martin Scorsese Presents""the Blues." She currently resides in upstate New York. DAVE HOEKSTRA, a" Chicago Sun-Times" columnist, co-produced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary "The Civil Rights Movement "and the "Staple Singers." He currently resides in Chicago, Ilinois.

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Twenty years ago, Willie Nelson decided to have an all-star, open-air concert to call attention to the plight of American family farmers, then being squeezed off the land in record numbers by low commodity prices and high short-term indebtedness. In less than a month, the first Farm Aid concert occurred, and a long-term support system was born. The most impressive organizational fact in this lavish, compelling overview is that Farm Aid has only seven employees, not counting any of the musicians and technicians involved in the concerts, who all donate their work. The most impressive revelation about Farm Aid for most readers will probably be the range of work by and on behalf of farmers that it supports between concerts. Spot cash relief for families too strapped to buy groceries, crisis counseling for farmers who lose hope and even the will to live, financial advice and political advocacy, efforts to foster organic farming and cooperation and understanding between farmer and eater (the latter word is strongly preferred to the cold, economic label "consumer"), encouragement of local specialty farming (i.e., of particular varieties of a food crop)--Farm Aid backs all this and more, and working farmers and writers including Wendell Berry and Jim Hightower discuss it here. Filling out one of the meatiest, most satisfying books of the year are long interviews with Farm Aid musician-directors Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews; sidebars about repeat Farm Aid concert performers, staff, and attendees; poems and song lyrics about farming; and hundreds of pictures, the large majority in color.--Ray Olson "Booklist "

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