Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 - Languages and Folklore of Upper Midwest
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Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 - Languages and Folklore of Upper Midwest

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America's Upper Midwest is a distinctive region wherein a staggering array of indigenous, immigrant, and enslaved peoples have collectively maintained, merged, and modified their folk song traditions for more than two centuries. During the 1930s and 1940s, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman?Thomas set up field studios in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements, and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to record roughly 2000 folksongs and tunes. Since the late 1970s, working incrementally with many generous individuals, partners, and organizations, folklorist Jim Leary has been part of a movement bent on bringing this body of extraordinary folk music of the Upper Midwest to the attention of the larger public. Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, to be published in fall 2014 by the University of Wisconsin Press, combines five compact disks, a DVD, and a book. Focusing on 175 representative performances by more than 200 singers and musicians - and including biographical sketches and photographs of performers, as well as transcriptions, translations, and annotations for songs in all twenty-five languages.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299301507
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 1901 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Folksongs of Another America is a groundbreaking work, covering musical and cultural ground woefully overlooked by American music scholars."--Kip Lornell, author of Exploring American Folk Music

"The astonishing range of music collected here reveals the deeply hued cultures of the Midwest before and after World War II, when these field recordings were made. Folksongs of Another America deftly combines dynamic media--CDs, a DVD, and a richly annotated book to go with them--to tell a multifaceted story. Though brimming with scholarship, the book's crisp, clear prose reveals the music and the people who made it."--Henry Sapoznik, author of Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World
"Who knew that the songs of Wisconsin lumberjacks were as . . . singular as the stuff being made in Appalachia or the Mississippi delta? . . . This collection offers many such recordings and more. Compiled by [folklorist] James P. Leary, it features rural music from first-generation immigrants and communities--African American, German, Finnish, Icelandic, Scots Gaelic, Serbian and Swedish and more--exploring their new homes while refusing to abandon their musical roots."--Los Angeles Times

"Featuring 5 CDs and a DVD documentary film, [this is a] seminal work of impressively detailed scholarship throughout and must be considered an essential, core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Music reference collections."--Midwest Book Review

"A historically illuminating listening experience. The basic folk song forms are here--yodels, ballads, limericks, hymns, rags, and polkas--but the voicings are not far from the assimilation point where the Old and New Worlds began to drift apart. Even when the lyrics are delivered in English, sharp and distinct ethnic colorations, inflections, timbres, and tone cast the ear back to Europe rather than forward to the future America."--Creative Loafing

"A priceless compendium, a fascinating work for anyone interested in the deeper streams of Americana, American ethnic culture and the history of the Upper Midwest."--Milwaukee Shepherd Express

"The cultural gifts of immigrants are amply demonstrated by the CD box set Folksongs of Another America. . . . . This is an exceptional achievement that demonstrates for the first time the full worth and cultural wealth of the Upper Midwest for music listeners."--Deutschland RadioKultur

"[Given the] impressive 456 pages of essays, photographs, song-by-song notes, artist profiles and lyrics, it is extraordinary to think that this is just the supporting material to the rather wondrous 5CDs and DVD that serve up some of the most unusual, heart-wrenching, and amazing music you can hope to hear. . . . Jaw-dropping."--Red Lick, Cardiff, Wales

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