Singing Out

Singing Out : An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195378342
  • 9780195378344
  • 2,111,147

About David King Dunaway

David King Dunaway is the author and editor of eight volumes of history; he teaches English and communications at the University of New Mexico.
Molly Beer is the author of numerous essays and articles on culture.
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An important and excellent new book... Uncover[s] the true life of folk music in North America as it progressed through the world-altering twentieth century. * The Journal of Music *
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Table of contents

1. Summer, 1941: "The Ballad of Harry Bridges" ; 2. Roots of a Revival ; 3. The Depression and Wartime: Music to the Masses ; 4. Greenwich Village Folk Scene of the 1940s ; 5. A Red Scare and a Rat's Tale ; 6. New Folk: Early Ramblings ; 7. Movement Music: We Shall Overcome ; 8. We Are the World: Folk Goes Global ; 9. The Power of Music: A Retrospective
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