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American Ballads and Folk Songs (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – October 21, 1994
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A decent introduction to the ballad form and its music precedes the collection. This is an essential reference to anyone interested in ballads in America.
For anyone that wants to know more about American music, this is a great place to start. Lomax dedicated his life to documenting this land, its people, and its songs. He should be viewed as an authority on the subject, and a go-to, for everyone interested in roots music.
The circumstances of the songs are explained, the music is fully given and the lyrics are of course quoted. An Index of titles is included at the end and a bibliography will help you go further.
But it is essentially a collections of songs so you cannot expect long presentations, long dissertations on the genres and the social problems behind. The book provides all kinds of songs, including racist songs, though probably not the most extreme like coon songs, and the book seems to miss Indian songs, including the famous Love Call that is both Indian and non-Indian.
That’s probably because it does not include songs from musicals or films, at least not as a priority. I am sure we can find all those on the virtual spider web. You must also understand the songs are given in one version which is neither the official nor the only version available. There are many variants and you better check them if you want to be thorough.
So You will not find the Ballad of Ira Hayes by Peter LaFarge made famous by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, though you might prefer another version still.Read more ›
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I like the contents of this book very much, however, it would have been perfect if it was larger and flatter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Classic country girl
More dialog than expected and a bit less music, but a terrific reference book.Published 13 months ago by ken
We studied with a book like this in school. The book came with a record for teachers. We'd read the lyrics & then listen to the songs. This is excellent & timeless research. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gail Barth
The book was what I expected & more. It was in excellent condition, and I'm pleased.Published 17 months ago by David G McFarland
I was doing a program on American folk songs. I was somewhat disappointed because I was not familiar with many of the songs featured here. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary
If you don't know where Johnny Cash came from or what Mumford and Sons drink from, pick up this book.Published 24 months ago by Stuart and Jennifer Smith