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Folk Music: The Basics

By Ronald Cohen

© 2006 – Routledge

264 pages

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About the Book

Folk Music: The Basics gives a brief introduction to British and American folk music. Drawing upon the most recent and relevant scholarship, it will focus on comparing and contrasting the historical nature of the three aspects of understanding folk music: traditional, local performers; professional collectors; and the advent of professional performers in the twentieth century during the so-called "folk revival." The two sides of the folk tradition will be examined--both as popular and commercial expressions. Folk Music: The Basics serves as an excellent introduction to the players, the music, and the styles that make folk music an enduring and well-loved musical style. Throughout, sidebars offer studies of key folk performers, record labels, and related issues to place the general discussion in context.

About the Author

Ronald Cohen is Emeritus Professor of History at Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest. He is the author of several books on traditional music, including Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970 (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2002), and the editor of Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997 (Routledge, 2003).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General
MUS017000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional
MUS033000
MUSIC / Reference