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In American music, the notion of "roots" has been a powerful refrain, but just what constitutes our true musical traditions has often been a matter of debate. As Benjamin Filene reveals, a number of competing visions of America's musical past have vied for influence over the public imagination in this century.

Filene builds his story around a fascinating group of characters—folklorists, record company executives, producers, radio programmers, and publicists—who acted as middlemen between folk and popular culture. These cultural brokers "discovered" folk musicians, recorded them, and promoted them. In the process, Filene argues, they shaped mainstream audiences' understanding of what was "authentic" roots music.

Filene moves beyond the usual boundaries of folk music to consider a wide range of performers who drew on or were drawn into the canon of American roots music—from Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Challenging traditional accounts that would confine folk music revivalism to the 1930s and 1960s, he argues instead that the desire to preserve and popularize America's musical heritage is a powerful current that has run throughout this century's culture and continues to flow today.

Synopsis:

Filene examines the competing visions of America's musical past — and the cultural middlemen who shaped these visions — that have vied for influence over the public imagination. He moves beyond folk music's usual boundaries to consider a wide range of performers — from Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.

Synopsis:

A fascinating history of the shifting notions of what constitutes American folk music.

New York Times Book Review An important work that accurately places the idea of 'folk' and 'roots' music into a realistic context.

Creative Loafing Romancing the Folk proves a fascinating history of an idea and a shape-shifting body of song.

New York Times Book Review Filene's book is smart and careful and should gain a wide audience.

Journal of American History Much of the territory covered here is overlooked in books on folk music.

Library Journal

Synopsis:

Benjamin Filene examines the competing visions of America's musical past—and the cultural middlemen who shaped these visions—that have vied for influence over the public imagination in this century. This book brings to light the relationship between folk or roots music and popular culture.

About the Author

Benjamin Filene is a public historian at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Setting the Stage: Identifying an American Folk Music Heritage, 1900-1930

Chapter 2. Creating the Cult of Authenticity: The Lomaxes and Lead Belly

Chapter 3. Mastering the Cult of Authenticity: Leonard Chess, Willie Dixon, and the Strange Career of Muddy Waters

Chapter 4. Searching for Folk Music's Institutional Niche: Alan Lomax, Charles Seeger, B. A. Botkin, and Richard Dorson

Chapter 5. Performing the Folk: Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan

Coda

Notes

Bibliography

Discography

Index

Illustrations

Front cover of Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains, 1917

Front cover of Twenty Kentucky Mountain Songs, 1920

Front cover of Carl Sandburg's American Songbag, 1927

Recording equipment in the back of John Lomax's car, probably late 1930s

Prison Compound No. 1, Angola, La., 1934

Lead Belly in prison, Angola, La., July 1934

John A. Lomax

Lead Belly in Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly, 1936

Lead Belly, 1942

Muddy Waters, ca. 1960s

Leonard Chess, ca. 1960s

Willie Dixon, ca. 1960s

Fathers and Sons album cover, 1969

Franklin Roosevelt with local musicians, Warm Springs, Ga., January 1933

Charles Seeger with his family at their home in Washington, D.C., ca. 1937

Alan Lomax with guitar, ca. 1940

Alan Lomax at typewriter, 1941

B. A. Botkin, ca. 1960s

Richard Dorson, ca. 1960s

Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, 1963

Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival workshop, 1964

Bob Dylan goes electric, Newport Folk Festival, 1965

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848623
Author:
Filene, Benjamin
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Benjamin
Author:
Filene
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Music, american
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Folk music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
Folk music -- United States.
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
folk music; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; Francis Child; public memory; roots music; blues; revivalism; folk revival; Lead Belly; Willie Dixon; Muddy Waters; Leonard Chess; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Charles Seeger; Ben Botkin; Richard Dorson; Lester Melrose; Wood
Subject:
John Lomax
Subject:
Alan Lomax
Subject:
Francis Child
Subject:
public memory
Subject:
roots music
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
revivalism
Subject:
folk revival
Subject:
Leadbelly
Subject:
Willie Dixon
Subject:
Muddy Waters
Subject:
Leonard Chess
Subject:
Pete Seeger
Subject:
Bob Dylan
Subject:
Charles Seeger
Subject:
Ben Botkin
Subject:
Richard Dorson
Subject:
Lester Melrose
Subject:
Woody Guthrie
Subject:
Cecil Sharp
Subject:
Robert Gordon
Subject:
Carl Sandburg
Subject:
Ralph Peer
Subject:
Music-Folk and Ethnic
Subject:
Lester
Subject:
Melrose
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 3880
Publication Date:
June 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 in 16.48 oz

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Product details 344 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848623 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Filene examines the competing visions of America's musical past — and the cultural middlemen who shaped these visions — that have vied for influence over the public imagination. He moves beyond folk music's usual boundaries to consider a wide range of performers — from Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.
"Synopsis" by , A fascinating history of the shifting notions of what constitutes American folk music.

New York Times Book Review An important work that accurately places the idea of 'folk' and 'roots' music into a realistic context.

Creative Loafing Romancing the Folk proves a fascinating history of an idea and a shape-shifting body of song.

New York Times Book Review Filene's book is smart and careful and should gain a wide audience.

Journal of American History Much of the territory covered here is overlooked in books on folk music.

Library Journal

"Synopsis" by , Benjamin Filene examines the competing visions of America's musical past—and the cultural middlemen who shaped these visions—that have vied for influence over the public imagination in this century. This book brings to light the relationship between folk or roots music and popular culture.
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