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The folk music sourcebook
Sandberg, Larry.
Personal Author:
New, updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Da Capo Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
x, 272 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed.: The folk music source book. 1st ed. 1976.
Format :


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ML19 .S26 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This revised and updated book is a guide for the listener, collector, singer, player and devotee of folk music. It covers music from string band to bluegrass, Canadian, Creole, Zydeco, jug bands, ragtime and the many kinds of blues. The book evaluates, reviews and recommends on such subjects as where to buy records and instruments and places where folk music flourishes.

Table of Contents

Mary ArmstrongWesley WestbrooksDavid McAllesterPhilip SonnichsenRalph RinzlerEdith FowkeDavid FerrettaSteve WiencrotDan FoxJerry Ricks and Dick Weissman
Forewordp. ix
I Listening
Introduction (including updates)p. 3
The Age of Synthesisp. 3
Bluegrassp. 3
Contemporary Instrumental Musicp. 4
Songsters and Songwritersp. 4
Old-Time Musicp. 5
Blues and Gospelp. 6
Cajun-Zydeco and Chicano Musicp. 6
Celtic Musicp. 7
Englandp. 8
Music for Childrenp. 8
Mail-Order Record Housesp. 8
Record Companiesp. 9
Black American Musicp. 15
The Bluesp. 15
Country Bluesp. 17
Classic, Urban, and Electric Bluesp. 26
Piano Bluesp. 32
General Blues Anthologiesp. 36
Jug Bands, String Bands, Country Ragtimep. 36
Jug Bands, String Bands, Country Ragtime, and One-Man Bandsp. 36
Classic Ragtimep. 37
Religious Musicp. 41
Sacred Blues, Country Spirituals, and Sanctified Singingp. 41
Nothing Has Changed But the Tempop. 42
Professional Gospel Musicp. 44
Creole Blues and Zydecop. 45
Other Black American Traditions, and General Anthologies of Black American Musicp. 46
North American Indian Musicp. 48
North American Indian Musicp. 48
North American Indian Music and Talesp. 48
Chicano Musicp. 52
Canadian Folk Musicp. 59
Cajun Musicp. 63
Anglo-American Musicp. 65
The Southp. 65
Traditional Songs and Singersp. 65
Old-Time String Band and Early Country Musicp. 70
Bluegrassp. 76
Instrumental Albumsp. 87
Banjop. 87
Dobrop. 89
Fiddlep. 91
Guitarp. 98
Mandolinp. 100
Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, and Autoharpp. 100
Anglo-American Music from Other Regionsp. 101
The Northeastp. 101
The Midwestp. 102
The West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Alaskap. 102
Songs of the Sea: British and Americanp. 104
Western Swing, and a Note on Nashvillep. 105
Contemporary Music and the Folk Song Revivalp. 107
The Folk Song Revivalp. 111
The Blues Revivalp. 117
The String Band Revivalp. 120
Roots of the Folk Revivalp. 122
Contemporary Guitaristsp. 125
Contemporary Artists, Bands, and Songwritersp. 128
England, Scotland, and Irelandp. 134
The Caribbean (including Puerto Rico)p. 138
World Musicp. 139
Folk Talesp. 139
Social and Historical Documentaries and Anthologiesp. 139
General Folk Anthologies and Folk Festival Recordingsp. 141
Folk Songs for Childrenp. 142
II Learning
Introduction (including updates)p. 146
Song Booksp. 146
Reference Booksp. 146
Generalp. 146
American Indian Music and Talesp. 147
Black Musicp. 147
Cajun Musicp. 148
Canadian Folksongs and Folklorep. 148
Hispanic-American Materialsp. 149
Other Ethnic Groupsp. 149
Songbooks and Other Materials for Childrenp. 149
Books about Folk Musicp. 149
Cowboy Poetry and Songp. 151
Scholarly Collectionsp. 152
Books on Folklorep. 153
Instructional Books and Recordsp. 153
Autoharpp. 153
Banjop. 153
Concertinap. 154
Dobrop. 154
Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimerp. 155
Fiddlep. 155
Guitarp. 155
Harmonicap. 156
Mandolinp. 156
Pianop. 157
Miscellaneous Instrumentsp. 157
Instructional Audio and Video Tapesp. 157
Book and Music Publishersp. 157
Mail-Orderp. 162
Song Booksp. 163
Introductionp. 163
Artists' Songbooksp. 163
Collections of Songsp. 167
Reference Booksp. 172
Generalp. 172
American Indian Musicp. 173
Black Musicp. 174
Canadian Musicp. 180
Canadian Folk Songsp. 180
The Folk Music of Canadap. 181
Spanish-American Materialsp. 183
Other Ethnic Groupsp. 184
Songbooks for Childrenp. 184
Books about Folk Musicp. 186
Scholarly Collections of Songsp. 190
Books on Folklorep. 193
Instructional Books and Recordsp. 195
Autoharpp. 196
Banjop. 197
Dobrop. 200
Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimerp. 201
Fiddlep. 202
Guitarp. 203
Harmonicap. 211
Mandolinp. 211
Folk or Folk-Based Music for Pianop. 212
Recorderp. 213
Miscellaneous Instrumentsp. 214
III Playing
An Elementary Guide to the Care of the Five-String Banjop. 217
Banjo Manufacturers and Buildersp. 218
Banjo Parts and Accessoriesp. 218
Remembering Gary Davisp. 219
About Guitars, Picks and Stringsp. 221
Guitar Makersp. 225
Dulcimersp. 225
The Mandolin as a Folk Instrumentp. 226
Miscellaneous Instrument Manufacturersp. 228
Books about Musical Instruments, Construction, Repairp. 228
New Booksp. 228
Reprints of Old Instrumental Catalogsp. 229
Transposition and a Small Dose of Musical Theoryp. 230
Learning to Play Folk Music on Banjo and Guitarp. 231
67 Tunings for the Five-String Banjop. 233
Open A: A New Tuning for Advanced Blues Guitaristsp. 237
IV Hanging Out
Programs, Resources, and Organizationsp. 241
Folk Music Centersp. 242
United Statesp. 242
Canadap. 245
Around the Worldp. 246
Periodicalsp. 246
Films and Videotapesp. 246
You Have to Play Who You Are: The Blues in West Memphisp. 247
Afterwordp. 249
Glossaryp. 250
Contributorsp. 255
Illustration Creditsp. 256
Indexp. 257