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  • Series: Culture, Politics, and Cold War
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; First Edition edition (November 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558493484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558493483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thorough, engaging, and informative, this book makes a significant contribution to the field and will be valuable to those teaching or taking courses in American music of the twentieth century."—Paul F. Wells, director, Center for Popular Music,

Middle Tennessee State University

"There is an enormous amount of historical information here. It is wonderful to have it all available in one place."—Norm Cohen, author of Folksong America: A

Twentieth-Century Revival


"Cohen's book goes far toward documenting the cultural phenomenon of the mid-20th-century folk music revival, particularly telling the story of the scene's political and musical roots in and around New York City. This book will become a central piece of the whole story as it continues to be told in cities and venues around the country."—Betsy Siggins and Millie Rahn, Club Passim/ New England Folk Music Archive Project

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A well-informed chronicle of the folk music boom in mid-twentieth-century America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2003
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Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival & American Society, 1940-1970 by Ronald D. Cohen (Professor of History, Indiana University Northwest) is a remarkably informative historical survey and commentary of the phenomena of folk music's mass audience appeal as represented by concerts and album sales from such luminaries as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, and scores of others. Originally centered in New York's Greenwich Village and sustained by a robust record industry, this revival of folk music through the 1950s and culminating in the mid-1960s when it was overtaken by "The British Invasion" and the dominence of Rock 'n Roll. Still, those glory years of folk music popularity have left an astonishing musical legacy that still reverberates within the American culture. Rainbow Quest is a seminal, core addition to any 20th Century American Music History reference collection and supplemental reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Hunt on October 21, 2013
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Rainbow Quest struck me as less than it purports to be; an examination of the folk music revival, which many would agree was a commercial event which began with The Kingston Trio, circa 1958, and continued into the mid-1960's until the diversification of rock music siphoned away it's popular base. Cohen's interest clearly lie in an earlier period, and most of this book covers the period from the father and son team of John and Alan Lomax, the emergence of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the Almanac Singers, to their immediate succesors, The Weavers.

Stylistically, the early chapters, covering the John Lomax period, covers broad themes; the intersection of North and South, the discovery of various cultural forms and artists, and the association between the Depression era and the songs which it produced. With the advent of Guthrie and Seeger, the book shifts its tone and becomes more of an examination of the functioning of the folk music scene, primarily in New York. The final chapters, dealing with Dylan, Baez and all of those names we know so well, is presented largely in the negative. The actual Folk Revival is presented as a series of failures with little attention given to the legacy of that period.

That said, there is a great deal to be learned from Cohen's work. All the great names of the early period are here and the major turning points are discussed. There are some oddities; Burl Ives falls in for heavy criticism for "selling out", despite the fact that one of the primary themes of Rainbow Quest is the constant tension in the folk world between "authenticity" and public success. It can be difficult at times to read through accounts of meetings of various folk publishing endeavors.
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28 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on December 22, 2002
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In this, the first serious, comprehensive, and scholarly booklength history of the American folk revival (or at least one of them; one can argue that a kind of folk revival is occurring right now), Ronald D. Cohen draws on years of research to document a fascinating cultural moment. If you're interested in the subject, you will definitely want this book, and you will be grateful for its wealth of information. Even those of us who have followed the folk revival for a long time will learn a great deal. I expect to return to the book again and again in search of facts not readily, or at all, available elsewhere.
This, however, is not the sort of revisionist history that one day somebody will write. That becomes apparent on the dedication page, where Cohen honors "Pete Seeger, who has sustained me over the last five decades." If, like me and the counter-hagiographical historians certain to write the next draft of revival history, you consider Seeger something of a sanctimonious hypocrite, you may find Cohen a trifle irksome. On the other hand, you'll find validation in Seeger quotes that Cohen innocently drops, such as an astounding statement about Josef Stalin on page 30. Made in 1993 -- 40 years after the death of a tyrant who killed more people, including Communists, than any other figure in history (between 20 and 40 million, according to best estimates) -- Seeger, a lifelong, self-identified Communist, finally manages what at first looks like a critical assessment, even an apology for his years of service to a spectacularly unworthy cause. On second and further readings, however, Seeger's meaning grows ever murkier and finally takes on positively Orwellian dimensions.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mahir Ali on January 3, 2003
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Any book that prompts such a lopsided anti-"Seegerite" rant must be worth reading. Pete Seeger himself would be the first to admit that he is far from perfect. Yet it is very difficult for anyone with an iota of commonsense to see him as anything other than profoundly liberal in the best sense of the world, and as the sort of figure Americans can truly be proud of.
I would have been inclined to book on the basis of Ronald Cohen's dedication alone, but I happen also to be familiar with the quality of his scholarship. Given the subject, it is possible to recommend the book without reservation - even as I place my own order.
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