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Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s

Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson


This book presents a transatlantic history of folk's midcentury resurgence that juxtaposes the related but distinct revivals that took place in the United States and Great Britain. After setting the stage with the work of music collectors in the nineteenth century, the book explores the so-called recovery of folk music practices and performers by Alan Lomax and others, including journeys to and within the British Isles that allowed artists and folk music advocates to absorb native forms and facilitate the music's transatlantic exchange. The book places the musical and cultural connections of t ... More

Keywords: music collectors, folk music, folk performers, Alan Lomax, transatlantic exchange, Harry Belafonte, Kingston Trio, American pop culture, British pop culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038518
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald D. Cohen, author
Indiana University Northwest

Rachel Clare Donaldson, author