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The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to American Folk Music Paperback – December 7, 2004

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About the Author

Kip Lornell has been researching and writing about American roots music since the late 1960s. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in the South, primarily on music-related films, record projects, and books. Currently teaching in the Music Department at George Washington University, he is the author of eight books including The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (with Charles Wolfe), Introducing American Folk Music: Grassroots and Ethnic Traditions in the United States, and Happy in the Service of the Lord: African American Gospel Quartets in Memphis. He was awarded the 1992 ASCAP-DEEMS TAYLOR Award for the best book about American music and a 1997 Grammy Award for his writing that appeared in the booklet accompanying the "Anthology of American Folk Music" issued by Smithsonian Folkways.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (December 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399530339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530333
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on May 13, 2007
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This is a nice book for the folk singer in your life. Players, too (and anyone who simply enjoys listening) will also appreciate this expose of the development and intricacies of the folk genre and some of its better (and less) known artists. A great little book for people into folk songs.
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This book is great to have on hand to look up a particular folk artist or song's history. I just wish it was a but more comprehensive.
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My son needed this book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To American Folk Music by Kip Lornell, for a class project. It was exactly what he needed. The book arrived as advertised and in a timely manner.
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By BillB on March 26, 2015
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Very interesting summary of Folk scene - listed new artists to investigate!
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