American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia by Norm Cohen

By Norm Cohen

This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different kingdom folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs accrued within the specific states, yet particularly on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folk of that kingdom. the themes diversity from the main ancient occasions, corresponding to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions akin to mess ups and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. the various songs should be widely known, comparable to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less widespread, haven't been reprinted when you consider that their unique e-book, yet should be studied as a result of what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is equipped through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and through states inside every one quarter. for every kingdom there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a typical of 10 songs in line with kingdom. for every music, an entire textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the music in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, resembling these mentioned the following, are an incredible instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern stories of the prior at a unique point from that of up to date newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.

Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God sturdy to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.

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