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Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia [With CD (Audio)]


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Tim Barnwell's photography has documented the people of Appalachia for over three decades, capturing a way of life and work that has changed little in the past hundred years. Now with sensitivity and grace he honors the music and handcrafts of the region, showing musicians and craftspeople in their homes, studios, shops, or in concert. As in his previous books, striking duotone portraits of these artisans and musicians are accompanied by biographies and oral histories. Here we become acquainted with banjo players, wood carvers, basket weavers, fiddlers, blacksmiths, and many more. A music CD with twenty songs from musicians featured in the book rounds out this rich collection.

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A resident of the region, photographer Barnwell has been photographing and talking to the musicians and traditional craftspeople of Appalachia for the past 25 years. The fruit of his efforts are contained in this collection of 85 portraits of fiddlers, storytellers, wood carvers, basket makers, banjo pickers, singers, and others who have kept traditional crafts and music a vital part of Appalachian life. (Seeing the gleam in Ralph Stanley's eyes as he holds his namesake grandson on his knee is alone worth the price of the book.) Along with the images, Barnwell has included brief oral histories from almost everyone he photographs. This quietly stunning volume should have an appeal extending beyond just those readers interested in Appalachian arts and crafts or mountain music. Includes a music CD with 20 selections by musicians photographed for the book. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A celebration of Appalachian artistic traditions from Nashville to Raleigh, with an accompanying CD of music.

About the Author

Tim Barnwell's images have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Time and Newsweek, and are in many permanent collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the High Museum in Atlanta. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Barnwell, Tim
W. W. Norton & Company
Foreword by:
Davidson, Jan
Davidson, Jan
Davidson, Jan
Appalachian Region Social life and customs.
Photography of handicraft.
Subjects & Themes - Travel - General
United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (General)
United States - South - East South Central (General)
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80 duotone photographs
10.4 x 9 x 0.9 in 2.465 lb

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