Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors - Great Lakes Books (Paperback)
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Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors - Great Lakes Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 433 Pages / Published: 31/01/2002
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White-winged schooners once dominated commerce and culture on the Great Lakes, and songs relieved the hours on board, but that way of life and its music ended when steam-driven mechanical boats swept schooners from the inland seas. Recognizing in the late 1930s, almost too late, that this rich oral tradition was going to the grave along with the last generation of schoonermen, Ivan H. Walton undertook a quest to save the songs of the Great Lakes sailors. Racing time and its ravages, he searched out ancient mariners in lakefront hospitals, hangouts, and watering holes. Walton reconstructed songs from one of the most colorful periods in American history, discovering melodies and lyrics to more than a hundred songs. With its stories, lyrics, musical scores by folksinger/historian Lee Murdock, Windjammers ensures that sailing chanteys that have not been heard for over one hundred years can be heard again and again far into the future. An audio supplement is available for download at www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/windjammers

Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814329979
Number of pages: 433
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
Edition: illustrated Edition


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What a superb collaboration by a dedicated collector [Walton], artist [Wilson], compiler [Grimm], and transcriber [Murdock]. The result is certainly one of the grandest regional and maritime song collections afloat, deserving a berth in every library and home that harbors a love of the water and the men who sailed it.--Joseph C. Hickerson "Retired Head, Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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