Book Reviews come one of the most active field recordists in history. this combination also helped mike overcome cultural barriers between his middleclass upbringing and the background of working-class musicians. in Music from the True Vine, malone weaves in various instances of how Seeger and his urban musical colleagues performed with musicians of diverse backgrounds and how they responded to those who questioned whether urban, educated, or northern people could play southern old-time music. malone devotes a sizeable section of his book to the new lost city ramblers, the urban, college-educated, and northern trio Seeger helped form that brought old-time music to folk clubs, festivals, and colleges, primarily in the north. before reading Music from the True Vine, i was completely fooled by the casual on-stage demeanor and perpetual good humor between band members. however, malone's behind-thescene account reveals that life as a rambler was no walk in the park. There was perpetual discord over musical minutiae such as which songs to play, and over more weighty issues of philosophy such as whether the group should perform for racially segregated audiences. because of the group's stature in old-time music, it would also seem that the group would be
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Mar 9, 2014
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