The North American Folk Music Revival: Nation and Identity by Gillian Mitchell

By Gillian Mitchell

This paintings represents the 1st comparative learn of the folks revival circulate in Anglophone Canada and the USA and combines this with dialogue of ways people track intersected with, and was once dependent via, conceptions of nationwide affinity and nationwide id. in response to unique archival study performed largely in Toronto, Washington and Ottawa, it's a thematic, instead of normal, examine of the move which has been motivated by way of a variety of educational disciplines, together with background, musicology and folklore. Dr Gillian Mitchell starts with an creation that gives very important context for the topic by way of tracing the improvement of the assumption of 'the folk', folklore and folks song because the 19th century, and the way that concept has been utilized within the North American context, earlier than occurring to check hyperlinks solid through folksong creditors, artists and musicians among folks song and nationwide id in the course of the early 20th century. With the 'boom' of the revival within the early sixties got here the ways that the circulate in either international locations proudly promoted a imaginative and prescient of country that used to be inclusive, pluralistic and eclectic. It was once a imaginative and prescient which proved suitable with either Canada and the United States, permitting either international locations to discover a range of tune with out exclusiveness or narrowness of concentration. It was once additionally heavily associated with the idealism of the grassroots political hobbies of the early Nineteen Sixties, comparable to integrationist civil rights, and the early scholar circulation. After 1965 this inclusive imaginative and prescient of country in people tune started to wane. whereas the celebrations of the Centennial in Canada resulted in a re-emphasis at the 'Canadianness' of Canadian folks tune, the turbulent occasions within the usa led many ex-revivalists to show clear of politics and include new identities as introspective singer-songwriters. lots of those that remained drawn to conventional folks track types, reminiscent of Celtic or Klezmer track, tended to be very insular and conservative of their technique, instead of linking their selected style to a much wider international of folks song; even though, more moderen makes an attempt at 'fusion' or 'world' song recommend a go back to the eclectic spirit of the Sixties folks revival. hence, from 1945 to 1980, folks song in Canada and the USA skilled an evolving and intricate courting with the suggestions of country and nationwide id. scholars will locate the ebook necessary as an advent, not just to key issues within the people revival, but in addition to options within the learn of nationwide id and to issues in American and Canadian cultural historical past. educational experts will stumble upon an alternate standpoint from the extra normal, vast technique provided via previous histories of the people revival movement.

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