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The Resource When we were good : the folk revival, Robert Cantwell

When we were good : the folk revival, Robert Cantwell

Label
When we were good : the folk revival
Title
When we were good
Title remainder
the folk revival
Statement of responsibility
Robert Cantwell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When We Were Good traces the many and varied cultural influences on the folk revival of the sixties: early nineteenth-century blackface minstrelsy; the Jewish entertainment and political cultures of New York in the 1930s; the Almanac singers and the wartime crises of the 1940s; the watershed record album Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music; and finally the cold-war reactionism of the 1950s that drove the folksong movement, just as Pete Seeger and the Weavers were putting "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Goodnight, Irene" on the Hit Parade, into a children's underground of schools, summer camps, and colleges, planting the seeds of the folk revival to come. The book is not so much a history as a study of the cultural process itself, what the author calls the dreamwork of history. Cantwell shows how a body of music once enlisted on behalf of the labor movement antifascism, New Deal recovery efforts, and many other progressive causes of the 1930s was refashioned as an instrument of self-discovery, even as it found new agenda and styles in the peace, civil rights, and beat movements. At Washington Square and the Newport Folk Festival, on college campuses and in concert halls across the country, the folk revival gave voice to the generational tidal wave of postwar youth, going back to the basics and trying to be very, very good. In this capacious analysis of the ideologies, traditions, and personalities that created an extraordinary moment in American popular culture, Cantwell explores the idea of folk at the deepest level. Taking up some of the more obdurate problems in cultural studies - racial identity, art and politics, regional allegiances, class differences - he shows how the folk revival was a search for authentic democracy, with compelling lessons for our own time
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cantwell, Robert
Dewey number
781.62/13/00904
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3551
LC item number
.C36 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folk music
  • Folk songs, English
Label
When we were good : the folk revival, Robert Cantwell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Tom Dooley -- History of a Song -- 1. We Are the Folk -- Backgrounds of the Revival -- 2. The New Minstrelsy -- Jim Crow and John Henry -- 3. Ballad for Americans -- The Search for a People's Opera -- 4. Ramblin' Round Your City -- The Almanac Singers -- 5. Wasn't That a Time -- Folk Music and the Cold War -- 6. Smith's Memory Theater -- The Great Folkways Anthology -- 7. He Shall Overcome -- Pete Seeger -- 8. Happy Campers -- The Children's Underground -- 9. Lady and the Tramp -- Joan Baez and Bob Dylan -- 10. Nobles, Patrons, Patriots, Reds -- Democracy and Revivalism
Control code
32970289
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 412 pages
Isbn
9780674951327
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95020951
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
When we were good : the folk revival, Robert Cantwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Tom Dooley -- History of a Song -- 1. We Are the Folk -- Backgrounds of the Revival -- 2. The New Minstrelsy -- Jim Crow and John Henry -- 3. Ballad for Americans -- The Search for a People's Opera -- 4. Ramblin' Round Your City -- The Almanac Singers -- 5. Wasn't That a Time -- Folk Music and the Cold War -- 6. Smith's Memory Theater -- The Great Folkways Anthology -- 7. He Shall Overcome -- Pete Seeger -- 8. Happy Campers -- The Children's Underground -- 9. Lady and the Tramp -- Joan Baez and Bob Dylan -- 10. Nobles, Patrons, Patriots, Reds -- Democracy and Revivalism
Control code
32970289
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 412 pages
Isbn
9780674951327
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95020951
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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