Selling folk music : an illustrated history

by Cohen, Ronald D., 1940-

Format: Print Book 2018
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks q ML3551.C584 2018
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  q ML3551.C584 2018

Selling Folk Music: An Illustrated History highlights commercial sources that reveal how folk music has been packaged and sold to a broad, shifting audience in the United States. Folk music has a varied and complex scope and lineage, including the blues, minstrel tunes, Victorian parlor songs, spirituals and gospel tunes, country and western songs, sea shanties, labor and political songs, calypsos, pop folk, folk-rock, ethnic, bluegrass, and more. The genre is of major importance in the broader spectrum of American music, and it is easy to understand why folk music has been marketed as America's music.

Selling Folk Music presents the public face of folk music in the United States via its commercial promotion and presentation throughout the twentieth century. Included are concert flyers; sheet music; book, songbook, magazine, and album covers; concert posters and flyers; and movie lobby cards and posters, all in their original colors. The 1964 hootenanny craze, for example, spawned such items as a candy bar, pinball machine, bath powder, paper dolls, Halloween costumes, and beach towels.

The almost five hundred images in Selling Folk Music present a new way to catalog the history of folk music while highlighting the transformative nature of the genre. Following the detailed introduction on the history of folk music, illustrations from commercial products make up the bulk of the work, presenting a colorful, complex history.
Additional Information
Series American made music series.
Subjects Folk music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Folk music -- United States -- Pictorial works.
Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- United States -- Pictorial works.
Music trade -- United States -- History.
Music trade -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works.
Sheet music -- United States -- History.
Sheet music -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works.
Publisher Jackson :2018
Contributors Bonner, David, 1964- author.
Language English
Description 169 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-156) and index.
ISBN 9781628462159
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