Long Steel Rail

Long Steel Rail : The Railroad in American Folksong (2d ed.)

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The biggest, best, and most authoritative source on Railroad Folksong.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 768 pages
  • 176 x 254 x 42mm | 1,319.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0252068815
  • 9780252068812
  • 1,666,709

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"Norm Cohen's anthology of railroad folksongs will delight anyone smitten with the romance of the rails." Newsday "A masterpiece." American Music "Meticulously researched and clearly written, Long Steel Rail is now the sourcebook for American railroad folksongs." New York Folklore "A delightfully readable book for any armchair railroad engineer." -- Choice "Norm Cohen has not only filled a gap, he has applied mature scholarship, historical sensibility, enthusiasm, and love to produce a major work on folk lore, folk song, and the railroads' pervasive impact on popular culture." Railroad History "People looking for information about early recordings of railroad songs from both Anglo-American and African American traditions will want to use this 710-page book as a primary resource. Cohen has demonstrated exceptional skills as a researcher, bibliographer, and discographer... Folklorists and American music researchers ... should be delighted that this classic work with updated citations, references, and historical information is once again available." Arkansas Reviewshow more

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Impeccable scholarship and lavish illustration mark this landmark study of American railroad folksong. Norm Cohen provides a sweeping discussion of the human aspects of railroad history, railroad folklore, and the evolution of the American folksong. The heart of the book is a detailed analysis of eighty-five songs, from "John Henry" and "The Wabash Cannonball" to "Hell-Bound Train" and "Casey Jones", with their music, sources, history, variations, and discographies. A substantial new introduction updates this edition.show more

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