Intimate, anecdotal, and spell-binding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music. Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of this movement. The narrators highlight many of the major folk revival figures, including Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, and Holly Near. Together they tell the stories of such musical groups as the Composers' Collective, the Almanac Singers, People's Songs, the Weavers, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Freedom Singers. Folklorists, musicians, musicologists, writers, activists, and aficionados reveal not only what happened during the folk revivals, but what it meant to those personally and passionately involved. For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish. Extensive notes, bibliography, and discography, plus a photo section.
Hardback published by Oxford University Press in 2010 in good condition. Binding sound and pages clean and unmarked with the exception of the first free end page which has an inscription in pen and a pencil annotation on the reverse. There is some bumping and wear to the top and bottom of the spine and the dustjacket is a little creased in the same places. The corners of the red boards are slightly bent and worn and again the dustjacket is worn, creased and also at the top and bottom edges there are very small tears. Foreword by Pete Seeger and some lovely, bright black and white photographs.