Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (Hardback)
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Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 13/07/2010
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Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music is a treasury of American traditional music and Ohio\u2019s folklife heritage. Traveling along the highways and byways of Ohio in the 1950s as a folksinger and collector of traditional music, Anne Grimes encountered people from many different backgrounds who opened up their homes to her to share their most precious family heirlooms-their songs. She recorded these treasures for posterity and further preserved them through her lectures and recitals.

After years of performance and research on her material, Anne Grimes decided to write about it all. This beautiful book presents her lively portraits of the major contributors with photographs taken by her husband, James W. Grimes; lyrics and extensive notes on the songs; and a CD sampler that includes performances by her contributors, most of whom had not been previously recorded. It also contains selections from Bob Gibson, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, Jenny Wells Vincent, as well as Grimes herself. The Anne Grimes Collection is preserved in the Library of Congress.

Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 9780821419083
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I love this book. It captures AnneGrimes' spirit and presents her work in a way she would have been proud of; not surprisingly, since her children who have assembled it were engaged in her work. The body of materials presented here includes a wide variety of folksong materials from a number of different traditions, and will be of interest to scholars,
collectors, performers, and students of Ohio history and culture. The photographs provide an extremely valuable complement to the descriptive text and song lyrics."
-Timothy Lloyd, Executive Director, American Folklore Society

"It is wonderful that Anne's work lives on. What a wonderful book this is. I'm proud to be a part of it."

- Pete Seeger

"Anne Grimes' book opens up a remarkable new frontier in our ongoing efforts to understand and reclaim the dulcimer's lost history. Her successful search for both old dulcimers and traditional players in Ohio, where other researchers had scarcely bothered to look, has added a surprising and highly important chapter to the dulcimer's fascinating story."

Ralph Lee Smith - author of Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions

"Among the great pioneers of folklore and song collecting in the United States, it is easy to overlook more modest folks who captured the lore of their native regions, stalwarts like Ruby Pickens Tartt in Alabama, Max Hunter and Mary C. Parler in the Ozarks, Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin in California, Mary Elizabeth Barnicle in Appalachia, Alta and Austin Fife in Utah. Add to them now another whose wisdom, whose foresight, whose love of the `old songs' enriches our times with this first publication of Anne Grimes's treasures from Ohio."

Ed Cray - author of The Erotic Muse: American Bawdy Songs

"My experience in reading and hearing these words was like stepping into a time machine and traveling back to the mid-1900s to drop in for a relaxing afternoon with friends. I can't recommend it highly enough."

-Dulcimer Players News

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