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Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions

by Ralph Lee Smith

This book describes the recovery of the Appalachian dulcimer's lost history, tracing the dulcimer's roots in a German instrument, the scheitholt; describing the early history of the scheitholt and the dulcimer...


Dylan Goes Electric!

by Elijah Wald

One of the music world’s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary....


Paul Simon: An American Tune

by Cornel Bonca

In Paul Simon: An American Tune, Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the biographical and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural revolution of the 1960s which Simon...


Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads

by John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax

This sequel to the Lomaxes' widely acclaimed American Ballads and Folk Songs includes melodies and words for tunes from all parts of the country. Songs include spirituals, hollers, game songs, lullabies, courting...


Ramblin' Jack Elliott: The Never-Ending Highway

by Hank Reineke

This professional biography of Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1931- ) examines the music and milestones of the American folksinger's half-century career, detailing his role in the preservation of the music of Woody...


A Pete Seeger Discography: Seventy Years of Recordings

by David King Dunaway

Pete Seeger is one of the most recorded artists in American history, and his recording catalog tells us not just the story of his career but the story of our culture and its political and social history. This...


Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution

by Alan Rifkin, Jerry Burgan & Sylvia Tyson

The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California,...


100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own

by Dick Weissman

In 100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own, performer and historian Dick Weissman offers a reliable route through the growing sea of book-length studies, establishing for future scholars a foundation for their...


Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet

by Donald L. Deardorff Ii

Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet by literary critic Donald L. Deardorff II classifies and explains Springsteen’s remarkable reception as it evolved from small beginnings in the Jersey shore bars...


Korean P'ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History

by Yeonok Jang

In Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History, Yeonok Jang studies the periodical developments and changes in the performance context, vocal developments, singing...


The Lyrics: 1961-2012

by Bob Dylan

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

A beautiful, comprehensive volume of Dylan’s lyrics, from the beginning of his career through the present day—with the songwriter’s edits to dozens of songs, appearing...


Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways

by Richard Carlin

A man, a microphone, and a dream

When he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger-than-life dream: To document and record all the sounds of his time. He created Folkways Records...


Victorian Songhunters: The Recovery and Editing of English Vernacular Ballads and Folk Lyrics, 1820-1883

by E. David Gregory

Victorian Songhunters is a history of popular song collecting and ballad editing from 1820 to 1883. It is a comprehensive telling of the Victorian vernacular song revival leading up to the Eduardian folksong...


Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio

by William J. Bush

In Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio, the first in-depth biography of America’s first recording super-group, William J. Bush retraces the band members’ personal and professional...


Modernity, Complex Societies, and the Alphorn

by Charlotte Vignau

This easily accessible book offers a pioneering study about the alphorn, its music, and its performance, based on extensive field research in Switzerland and other countries. It also offers new insights about...


The Late Victorian Folksong Revival: The Persistence of English Melody, 1878-1903

by E. David Gregory

This book traces the early history of the first English folksong revival during the late Victorian era, focusing on the work of three prominent song collectors, Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson and Lucy Broadwood....


Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz

by Mauricio A. Font & Alfonso W. Quiroz

While Fernando Ortiz's contribution to our understanding of Cuba and Latin America more generally has been widely recognized since the 1940s, recently there has been renewed interest in this scholar and activist...


Been So Long

by Jorma Kaukonen & Grace Slick

"A modern parable." —from the foreword by Grace Slick

“Jorma Kaukonen is a force in American music, equally adept at fingerpicked acoustic folk and blues as he is at wailing on an electric.” – Acoustic...


Bayou Underground

by Dave Thompson, Mike Harrison & Brent LaPorte

?The Bayou is a world of its own - a marshy, sometimes treacherous, oft-times sinister land of creeping darkness and living shadows, secret legends and vivid mythology. It is that darkness and those shadows...


George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling

by Chris Goertzen

George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839) was the first collection of southern fiddle tunes and the only substantial one published in the nineteenth century. Knauff's activity could not anticipate our modern...