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The American Songbag

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Sandburg was not only a poet but also a noted collector and performer of american folk music. This anthology contains words and music to 290 songs that people have sung in the making of americanca. New Introduction by Garrison Keillor; Prefatory Notes by the Author; Index.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 29th 1990 by Mariner Books (first published 1927)
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molly Matthews
Just got lucky and snagged a copy of this at a book sale! I've been checking it out from the library for years! It's a fabulous resource for anyone interested in American History and American music! We have played several songs from this book, just for fun, and are always finding a new one to 'try out'.
Dec 01, 2008 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Folkstars (Present & Future)
Recommended to Will by: Myopic Books in Chicago
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What's that? You've got zero songs and an open-mic to attend? What? It's four in the morning and you've lost all connection with humanity? Either way, crack this book open and let the working class song "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" wash over you with its sweet reverie. Or if that's not your style, just take a gander at the poignant AND practical song "No More Booze (Fireman Save My Child)." You'll feel better. I promise.
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Jun 15, 2007 ccccurt Heimbuck rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "sinners, and for the lovers of humanity"
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Carl Sandburg is a genius. I used to think his writing was too earnest, but now I see it as passion. I care deeply and sincerely about the songs in this book.
M 784.6

Very good. Words and music to many old standby songs. Would be excellent addition to personal library.
Melinda really can't beat Sandburg in my book.
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Carl August Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg "indubitably an American in every pulse-beat".

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