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Transatlantic Roots Music

Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Jill Terry (editor) Neil A. Wynn (editor)

ISBN: 9781617032882

Publication Date: Jul 2012

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Presents a collection of essays on the debates about origins, authenticity, and identity in folk and blues music. The essays had their origins in an international conference on the Transatlantic routes of American roots music, out of which emerged common themes and questions of origins and authenticity in folk music, black and white, American and British.
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This book presents a collection of essays on the debates about origins, authenticity, and identity in folk and blues music. The essays had their origins in an international conference on the Transatlantic routes of American roots music, out of which emerged common themes and questions of origins and authenticity in folk music, black and white, American and British. The central theme is musical influences, but issues of identity--national, local, and racial--are also recurring subjects. The extent to which these identities were invented, imagined, or constructed by the performers, or by those who recorded their work for posterity, is also a prominent concern and questions of racial identity are particularly central. The book features a new essay on the blues by Paul Oliver alongside an essay on Oliver's seminal blues scholarship. There are also several essays on British blues and the links between performers and styles in the United States and Britain and new essays on critical figures such as Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie.

This volume uniquely offers perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic on the connections and interplay of influences in roots music and the debates about these subjects drawing on the work of eminent established scholars and emerging young academics who are already making a contribution to the field. Throughout, the contributors offer the most recent scholarship available on key issues.

Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2012
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Series American Made Music Series
Subject/s Blues   Folk & traditional music   Music reviews & criticism  
Jill Terry is principal lecturer and head of the division of English, journalism and media, and cultural studies for the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Worcester (United Kingdom).|Neil A. Wynn is professor of twentieth-century American history at the University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom). He is editor of Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (published by University Press of Mississippi), among other works.

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