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Folksongs and Their Makers

Henry Glassie, Edward D. Ives, John F. Szwed

Publication Year: 1979

Three prominent folklorists wrote these essays in the 1970s about Dorrance Weir of upstate New York and his song "Take that Night Train to Selma," Joe Scott of Maine and his song "The Plain Golden Band," and Paul Hall of Newfoundland and "The Bachelor's Song."

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-7

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Introduction: Folklore and Popular Culture

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pp. i-ix

...many people unclear, and it is therefore debatable. On one extreme in the debate are those theorists who think that today's folklore was yesterday's popular culture. On the other extreme are those who believe that there is little direct relationship between the two. The The folklore that lasts is the creative acts of single individuals ...

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"Take That Night Train to Selma": An Excursion to the Outskirts of Scholarship

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pp. 1-70

If you were to ask for makers of traditional music at the green lit country bar and pool hall in Phoenix Mills, New York, the filling station at Fly Creek, the hotel in Oaksville, or at the hardscrabble farms which circle Christian Hill, run up Rum Hill and perch on Bed Bug Hill, you would be directed to the Weirs. Those who do not know ...

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A Man and His Song: Joe Scott and "The Plain Golden Band"

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pp. 71-148

Lizzie Morse, the heroine of Joe Scott's "The Plain Golden Band." approaches to arrive at some understanding of what part songs play in the lives of the people who sing and listen to them. One very valuable approach has been through biography, and biography has as I see it four main places where it can shed light. First it can be ...

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Paul E. Hall: A Newfoundland Song-Maker and Community of Song

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pp. 149-167

...difficult not to be impressed by the range and depth of the scholarship. There is simply no area of folkloristic learning to match it. The knowledge of folksong poetics is such that we are satisfied to put song alongside other forms of literature; we have distributional studies that give us a basis for talking about song across time and space; we ...

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The Authors

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pp. 168-183

Henry Glassie is former Editor of Keystone Folklore Quarterly and John F. Szwed is the author of Black America and co-editor of Afro... ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780299274139
E-ISBN-10: 0299274136
Print-ISBN-13: 9780879720063
Print-ISBN-10: 0879720069

Page Count: 180
Illustrations: 2 b/w photos
Publication Year: 1979

OCLC Number: 868219394
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