American folk songs : a regional encyclopedia / Norm Cohen.

By: Cohen, Norm, 1936-Contributor(s): Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (xxi, 743 p.)) : ill., musicISBN: 9780313088100 (electronic book)Subject(s): Folk songs, English -- United States -- History and criticism | Folk music -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: American folk songs.DDC classification: 782.42162/13 LOC classification: ML3551Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
v. 1. New England ; Midland (North Atlantic) ; Upper South ; Deep South and the Ozarks -- v. 2. Great Lakes ; Midwest Plains ; Southwest ; Mountain Region ; Far West and Pacific.
Summary: Provides a state-by-state collection of folksongs describing the history, society, culture, and events characteristic of all fifty states. Focus on songs concerning the life and times of the people of that state.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

v. 1. New England ; Midland (North Atlantic) ; Upper South ; Deep South and the Ozarks -- v. 2. Great Lakes ; Midwest Plains ; Southwest ; Mountain Region ; Far West and Pacific.

Provides a state-by-state collection of folksongs describing the history, society, culture, and events characteristic of all fifty states. Focus on songs concerning the life and times of the people of that state.

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Cohen (independent scholar) provides the text and detailed descriptions of 487 folk songs, organized by nine regions of the US. Each region is subdivided by individual states, and each state is introduced with historical information concerning its founding and governance. Songs are included on the basis of their "persistence in oral tradition for some (unspecified) duration." Each song text is accompanied by an essay that sets the historical context and advises readers about unfamiliar nomenclature, terminology, and relationships with other folk songs. Thus the author builds a substantial, geographically oriented network of representative folk songs, sweeping westward from one end of the continent to the other and tracing, in a way, the advancement of the American frontier. Documentation is extensive, with batches of footnotes concluding each of the regional chapters. A bibliography, an index of featured songs, and a general index (which excludes the featured songs but includes others) round out the publication. Unfortunately, some important quick lookups are precluded; e.g., the featured song index does not carry page numbers, and in the contents listings at the beginning of volume 1, state subdivisions are lacking. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. E. Druesedow Jr. formerly, Duke University

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NORM COHEN is the author of Folk Music: A Regional Exploration (2005), Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong (2nd edn., 2001), Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music: An Annotated Discography of Published Recordings (1994), and other volumes. He has edited and/or annotated more than three dozen albums of folk and country music, has written numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews on various aspects of folk, country, and popular music has been recordings review editor for Journal of American Folklore (1968-69, 1986-90) and Western Folklore (1970-75) and was editor of the JEMF Quarterly (1966-88). In 1996 he received the Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music, administered by the Music Library Association, for the study of 19th century American pocket songsters. He is a retired physical chemist, and currently teaches chemistry at Portland Community College.

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