Country and Folk Music
The American Culture of Country Music
Hardcover ISBN: 0807821349
Accompanied by a musical CD offering nearly one hour of the best in country music, a close-up look at country music argues that it has become a national art form, reflecting the same themes that have characterized American art and literature over three centuries. UP.
The Life of Lee Hays
Paperback ISBN: 0803297475
During the Great Depression, Lee Hays, the son of a Southern Methodist minister, used his music to life the hearts of sharecroppers and miners and union organizers. He helped bring black music to America's consciousness. He could make people laugh in times when there seemed little to laugh about. An Arkansas traveler and radical minstrel, he commented wryly on events and impaled reactionary southern congressmen on their own words. A kind of Mark Twain of the left, people said. But Lee Hays, for all his great size and talents and humor, was also a difficult man, plagued by self-doubts and a driving need to discombobulate any person or group that struck him as self-satisfied. Lonesome Traveler is the story of a prodigious talent with a zeal for changing the world. With Pete Seeger he formed the popular folksinging group the Weavers, which sang songs of social justice just as a tidal wave of red-hunting hit America. The rest of his legendary story will anger, touch, and delight.
Positively 4th Street
The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Paperback ISBN: 086547642x
Discusses how Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Mimi and Richard Farina gathered together in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, chronicling their rise from coffeehouse folksingers to popular icons. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The Pilgrims of Guitar Town
Hardcover ISBN: 1556709897
A surprising tour of one of America's most legendary cities looks back on nearly a century of musical dreams dashed and realized in Music City, U.S.A.a town famous for attracting sixstring troubadors of every kind.
The Life and Legend of Leadbelly
Paperback ISBN: 0060924683
A biography of the legendary folk and blues singer discusses his influences, his close relationships with folk greats Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and his involvement in left-wing politics and the labor movement