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By Rachel Clare Donaldson

ISBN-10: 1439910782

ISBN-13: 9781439910788

ISBN-10: 1439910790

ISBN-13: 9781439910795

Folk song is greater than an idealized reminder of a simper previous. It unearths very much approximately present-day understandings of group and belonging. It celebrates the shared traditions that outline a bunch or country. In the US, people music--from African American spirituals to English ballads and protest songs--renders the imagined neighborhood extra tangible and contains a serious part of our varied nationwide heritage.

 

In "I listen the US Singing," Rachel Donaldson strains the colourful historical past of the twentieth-century people song revival from its origins within the Nineteen Thirties via its result in the overdue Sixties. She investigates the connection among the revival and ideas of nationalism, displaying how key figures within the revival--including Pete Seeger , Alan Lomax, Moses Asch, and Ralph Rinzler--used songs to steer the ways that american citizens understood the values, the tradition, and the folk in their personal nation.

 

As Donaldson chronicles how cultural norms have been formed over the process the mid-twentieth century, she underscores how quite a few teams in the revival and their perspectives shifted through the years. "I listen the USA Singing" presents a stirring account of ways and why the revivalists sustained their culturally pluralist and politically democratic Americanism over this tumultuous interval in American history.

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