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African American Folksong and American Cultural Politics: The Lawrence Gellert Story

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In African American Folksong and American Cultural Politics: The Lawrence Gellert Story, scholar and musician Bruce Conforth tells the story of one of the most unusual collections of African American folk music ever amassed--and the remarkable story of the man who produced it: Lawrence Gellert. Compiled between the World Wars, Gellert's recordings were immediately adopted ...more
ebook, 298 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Scarecrow Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Steve Johgart
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, written by a very interesting friend of mine, was an informative and readable scholarly discussion of the life of historically obscure song-catcher Lawrence Gellert and the milieu of folk music collecting. I learned a lot about a field I know little about, but which is background to music I greatly enjoy.

The most prominent question that remains unanswered, though, is the simple question: What is a folksong? A few years ago, folk singer Michael Cooney presented a series of three talks
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