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Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions

by Ralph Lee Smith Scarecrow Press (March 19, 2010)

This book describes the recovery of the Appalachian dulcimer's lost history, tracing the dulcimer's roots in a German instrument, the scheitholt; describing the early history of the scheitholt and the dulcimer...

Paul Simon: An American Tune

by Cornel Bonca Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

In Paul Simon: An American Tune, Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the biographical and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural revolution of the 1960s which Simon...

Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads

by John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax Dover Publications (August 11, 2014)

This sequel to the Lomaxes' widely acclaimed American Ballads and Folk Songs includes melodies and words for tunes from all parts of the country. Songs include spirituals, hollers, game songs, lullabies, courting...

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: The Never-Ending Highway

by Hank Reineke Scarecrow Press (December 30, 2009)

This professional biography of Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1931- ) examines the music and milestones of the American folksinger's half-century career, detailing his role in the preservation of the music of Woody...

A Pete Seeger Discography: Seventy Years of Recordings

by David King Dunaway Scarecrow Press (November 12, 2010)

Pete Seeger is one of the most recorded artists in American history, and his recording catalog tells us not just the story of his career but the story of our culture and its political and social history. This...

Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution

by Alan Rifkin, Jerry Burgan & Sylvia Tyson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California,...

100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own

by Dick Weissman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 30, 2014)

In 100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own, performer and historian Dick Weissman offers a reliable route through the growing sea of book-length studies, establishing for future scholars a foundation for their...

Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet

by Donald L. Deardorff Ii Scarecrow Press (December 01, 2013)

Bruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet by literary critic Donald L. Deardorff II classifies and explains Springsteen’s remarkable reception as it evolved from small beginnings in the Jersey shore bars...

Korean P'ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History

by Yeonok Jang Scarecrow Press (November 26, 2013)

In Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History, Yeonok Jang studies the periodical developments and changes in the performance context, vocal developments, singing...

The Lyrics: 1961-2012

by Bob Dylan Simon & Schuster (August 13, 2013)


A beautiful, comprehensive volume of Dylan's lyrics, from the beginning of his career through the present day--with the songwriter's edits to dozens of songs, appearing...

Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways

by Richard Carlin Collins Reference (October 19, 2010)

A man, a microphone, and a dream

When he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger-than-life dream: To document and record all the sounds of his time. He created Folkways Records...

Victorian Songhunters: The Recovery and Editing of English Vernacular Ballads and Folk Lyrics, 1820-1883

by E. David Gregory Scarecrow Press (April 13, 2006)

Victorian Songhunters is a history of popular song collecting and ballad editing from 1820 to 1883. It is a comprehensive telling of the Victorian vernacular song revival leading up to the Eduardian folksong...

Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio

by William J. Bush Scarecrow Press (November 29, 2012)

In Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio, the first in-depth biography of America’s first recording super-group, William J. Bush retraces the band members’ personal and professional...

Modernity, Complex Societies, and the Alphorn

by Charlotte Vignau Lexington Books (February 01, 2013)

This easily accessible book offers a pioneering study about the alphorn, its music, and its performance, based on extensive field research in Switzerland and other countries. It also offers new insights about...

The Late Victorian Folksong Revival: The Persistence of English Melody, 1878-1903

by E. David Gregory Scarecrow Press (April 13, 2010)

This book traces the early history of the first English folksong revival during the late Victorian era, focusing on the work of three prominent song collectors, Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson and Lucy Broadwood....

Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz

by Mauricio A. Font & Alfonso W. Quiroz Lexington Books (December 23, 2004)

While Fernando Ortiz's contribution to our understanding of Cuba and Latin America more generally has been widely recognized since the 1940s, recently there has been renewed interest in this scholar and activist...

Wasn't That a Time

by Jesse Jarnow Da Capo Lifelong Books (November 05, 2018)

The dramatic untold story of the Weavers, the hit-making folk-pop quartet destroyed with the aid of the United States government--and who changed the world, anyway

Following a series of top-ten hits that became...

What I Found in a Thousand Towns

by Dar Williams Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams...

Grown-Up Anger

by Daniel Wolff & Dennis Boutsikaris HarperAudio (June 13, 2017)

A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism,...

One Song at a Time

by Joe Bevilacqua BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville FolkFestival has run annually since 1972. It is the longest continuously runningmusic festival of its kind in North America. For eighteen straight days andnights each May...

Positively 4th Street

by David Hajdu & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

This is the candid, mesmerizing, and often intimate account of how four young people—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña—gave rise to a modern-day bohemia and created the enduring...

The Ballad of Bob Dylan

by Daniel Mark Epstein & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2011)

The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century--a man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced.


The Mayor of MacDougal Street

by Dave Van Ronk, Sean Runnette, Elijah Wald & Lawrence Block Blackstone Publishing (April 12, 2012)

Now the inspiration for a major motion picture written and directed by the Coen brothers

Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern...

This Land That I Love

by John Shaw & Traber Burns Blackstone Publishing (November 05, 2013)

A narrative history of the writing of "This Land Is YourLand" and "God Bless America" that uncovers the conflicts and common groundbetween two classic patriotic songs

February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide...

On the Road with Bob Dylan

by Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Ramiz Monsef & Kinky Friedman Blackstone Publishing (August 15, 2013)

In 1975 as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and...

Laurel Canyon

by Michael Walker & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name...

Pete Seeger: The Storm King

by Pete Seeger & Jeff Haynes Hachette Original (April 09, 2013)

Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music!

Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories,...

Pete Seeger: Storm King - Volume 2

by Pete Seeger & Jeff Haynes Hachette Original (March 22, 2016)

Pete Seeger's last project bridges generations!

Volume 2 of gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Listen to intimate, never-before-heard recordings of the beloved civil...

Blue Muse

by Timothy Duffy, William Ferris & Russell Lord The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2019)

The tintype is rooted in more than 150 years of photographic method. In this collection of extraordinary portraits, Timothy Duffy brings new vitality to this old form, capturing powerful images of musicians...

Been So Long

by Jorma Kaukonen & Grace Slick St. Martin's Press (August 27, 2018)

"A modern parable." --from the foreword by Grace Slick

"Jorma Kaukonen is a force in American music, equally adept at fingerpicked acoustic folk and blues as he is at wailing on an electric." - Acoustic Guitar...

Wasn't That a Time

by Jesse Jarnow Da Capo Press (November 06, 2018)

A socio-cultural biography of folk-pop legends the Weavers, by the author of Heads

Set against the current climate of political unrest gripping the nation and the world, Jesse Jarnow's Wasn't That a Time sheds...

An Poc Ar Buile

by Seán Ó Sé & Patricia Ahern The Collins Press (September 01, 2015)

In 1962 Seán Ó Sé recorded ‘An Poc ar Buile’ with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann. It proved a huge success and resulted in seven wonderful years working with Ó Riada and over sixty years of...

Arlo Guthrie: The Warner/Reprise Years

by Hank Reineke Scarecrow Press (June 01, 2012)

Arlo Guthrie revisits Guthrie’s fifteen-year ride as a recording artist. With a look at Guthrie’s life and times before and after this prolific period of his career, this biography is a goldmine of information...

The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksongs Transformed Academic Thought and American Identity

by Scott B. Spencer Scarecrow Press (December 16, 2011)

Both biographical and topical, The Ballad Collectors of North America chronicles those individuals most influential in the gathering of North American folksongs and investigates the two leading schools of thought...

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

by Fred C. Fussell & Steve Kruger The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are performed and celebrated as nowhere else in America. This guide puts readers on the trail to discover...


by Barney Hoskyns Picador (October 02, 2017)

Selected by Harper's Bazaar as one of the "Best New Books of 2017 (So Far)"

A Library Journal Fall Editors' Pick

"Nearly 50 years' worth of critical efforts to solve Mitchell's mysteries have now been rounded...

Singing Ideas

by Tríona Ní Shíocháin Berghahn Books (December 29, 2017)

Considered by many to be the greatest Irish song poet of her generation, Máire Bhuí Ní Laeire (Yellow Mary O'Leary; 1774–1848) was an illiterate woman unconnected to elite literary and philosophical circles...

Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...

Jason Molina

by Erin Osmon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2017)

Erin Osmon presents a detailed, human account of the Rust Belt–born musician Jason Molina—a visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter with an autodidactic style that captivated his...

Music from the True Vine

by Bill C. Malone The University of North Carolina Press (October 24, 2011)

A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing,...

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

by Fred C. Fussell & Steve Kruger The University of North Carolina Press (April 22, 2013)

The music and dance traditions of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains are legendary. Residents continue a musical heritage that stretches back many generations. In this lively guidebook, noted folklorist Fred...

The Americana Revolution

by Michael Scott Cain Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2017)

The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond is an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing...

Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell

by Katherine Monk Greystone Books (September 07, 2012)

From the moment Joni Mitchell's career began — with coffee-house bookings, serendipitous encounters with established stars, and a recording contract that gave her full creative control over her music — the...

Folk Songs Hawaii Sings: A Collection of Songs from Polynesia and Asia for Piano and Voice

by John M. Kelly, Jr Tuttle Publishing (June 15, 1963)

Folk Songs Hawaii Sings is a sparkling compilation of melodies from the islands of Polynesia together with a variety of folk songs that countless Asian people have brought with them to their new home in the...

The Mariposa Folk Festival

by Michael Hill Dundurn (May 06, 2017)

A history of the Mariposa Folk Festival, from its humble roots in Orillia in 1961 to international acclaim and legendary status as a premier folk-music gathering.

Mariposa began in the heyday of the early sixties...

The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution

by Guntis Smidchens University of Washington Press (March 28, 2014)

The Power of Song shows how the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania confronted a military superpower and achieved independence in the Baltic �Singing Revolution.� When attacked by Soviet soldiers in...

It Still Moves

by Amanda Petrusich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 18, 2008)

"Where lies the boundary between meaning and sentiment? Between memory and nostalgia? America and Americana? What is and what was? Does it move?"

--Donovon Hohn, A Romance of Rust

Part travelogue, part cultural...

What Makes Music European: Looking beyond Sound

by Marcello Sorce Keller Scarecrow Press (November 17, 2011)

In What Makes Music European, Marcello Sorce Keller addresses the little-discussed matters that are essential to an understanding of how music intersects with the life of so many people. Readers are offered...

Grown-Up Anger

by Daniel Wolff Harper (June 13, 2017)

A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism,...

History of Music in Russia from Antiquity to 1800, Vol. 1: From Antiquity to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century

by Nikolai Findeizen, Milos Velimirovic & Claudia R. Jensen Indiana University Press (February 07, 2008)

In its scope and command of primary sources and its generosity of scholarly inquiry, Nikolai Findeizen's monumental work, published in 1928 and 1929 in Soviet Russia, places the origins and development of music...