Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Roots of the RevivalAmerican and British Folk Music in the 1950s$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038518

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038518.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use (for details see www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 12 December 2018

Background in the United States and Great Britain to 1950

Background in the United States and Great Britain to 1950

(p.5) 1 Background in the United States and Great Britain to 1950
Roots of the Revival
Ronald D. Cohen, Rachel Clare Donaldson
University of Illinois Press

Throughout the twentieth century, folk music has had many definitions and incarnations in the United States and Great Britain. The public has been most aware of its commercial substance and appeal, with the focus on recording artists and their repertoires, but there has been so much more, including a political agenda, folklore theories, grassroots styles, regional promoters, and discussions on what musical forms—blues, hillbilly, gospel, Anglo-Saxon, pop, singer-songwriters, instrumental and/or vocal, international—should be included. These contrasting and conflicting interpretations were particularly evident during the 1950s. This chapter begins by focusing on Alan Lomax (1915–2002), one of the most active folk music collectors, radio promoters, and organizers during the 1940s. Lomax had a major influence on folk music in both the United States and Great Britain, tying together what had come before and what would follow. The chapter then discusses folk festivals and performers; British folk music, musicians, and trans-Atlantic musical connections; and Carl Sandburg's publication of the The American Songbag in 1927.

Keywords:   American folk music, British folk music, Alan Lomax, United States, folk music community, Great Britain, The American Songbag

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.