Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music in the United States. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music - Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun - and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States. A chapter includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop. Exploring American Folk Music also introduces you to such important figures in American music as Bob Wills, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters, who helped shape what America sounds like in the 21st century.
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"Outstanding Musical Journey!!!!"
Great narration, along with a good story. So much information, there are chapters, I would like to hear again.
Being a lover of the Blues, I enjoyed learning of the blues roots, and how it has transformed much of America's music. I like Mexican music, as well, and enjoyed gaining a better understanding of how it has evolved.
Each chapter has it's highlights. I enjoyed re-living the birth of Bluegrass, and the musicans who put each of their interpretations to it. You just can't beat "Orange Blossom Special" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".
Folk music is alive and well in America.
I really appreciated such an energetic narration about music in a way I had never heard it presented before. Mostly, we hear music that is presented and promoted by mass media. From this book I have learned that there are many musical styles which are regional and specific to groups. For example, in South Carolina there is a style of music called Beach Music with a corresponding dance called the "Shag", that I am familiar with. Each region and ethnic group tends to have particular styles of musical expression they relate with. The interesting thing is how this music blends and evolves between groups and regions. Some of the Caribbean islands favor Country and Western as it's most popular music. In Samoa you may hear Latin Dance night at the club. This has been a real nice journey into music from Folk to pop. Very well done job by the author and narrator. If you are a music fan and want to learn more about American music and it's folk roots - get this book!
"Exploring American Folk Music"
I first have to say that this was simply a treat to listen to. This book not only laid out the groundwork for American folk music from it’s very foundation or roots, it put in the cornerstone as well. This was an incredibly detailed look at the origins of our musical culture as it is to this day.
Kip Lornell provided extensive research drawing from numerous examples along with at least three subsequent examples of the origins, styles, and evolution of each genre of American folk music. I was utterly impressed and learned a lot of nifty things about folk music and music in general that I didn’t know before.
There were several musicians who may have easily been put to the back burner and been forgotten about during folk music’s evolution or the Folk Revival. A few of my favorite topics in the book were about the Native-American music and the border stations where Wolfman Jack became a DJ. From hymns, blues, gospel, zydeco, family and community gatherings, military songs, working songs, campfires, and traveling songs; it’s all covered in this great audiobook.
“Exploring American Folk Music” was a wonderful listen and a great audiobook for music lovers, and more specifically American folk music lovers. I think it’s safe to say that American folk music is a melting pot of wonderful and diverse musical influence from all over the world.
Overall, this audiobook was superb. I would definitely recommend listening to this one.
About the narrator: Michael Rene Zuzel did an outstanding job narrating this book. It was just right. Not too fast or too slow. He spoke clearly with a steady pace and he showed interest in the subject with his own upbeat cadence which was suitable for the content. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.
"The Ultimate American Folk Music Reference"
This is a long, long listen which I managed to complete by just listening to a chapter at a time.
I must say, it's not as I expected, I thought I might get to hear lots of musical examples, and maybe a few interviews with musicians. This was not to be, it is an academic teaching aid for serious students, albeit, written in an easy to understand way, no academic jargon here thank goodness.
Despite it being a good listen, If I were a music student, I would find it very difficult to learn without hard copy for reference. I need indexes, glossaries and references, this category of audio book is, to my mind, well suited to whyspersync.
To summarise, for the those who simply want to know more about American Folk music, this audiobook is your fully comprehensive guide, you really couldn't wish for more information. For the serious student? In my opinion it is, quite simply, a wonderful companion to the text. However, we are told that everyone has their own preferred learning style, what doesn't suit me may be just perfect for others.
The value of the impeccably researched information contained within the 15+ hours of listening merits nothing less than 5 stars.
Michael Renee Zuzel has a pleasant easy to listen to voice, he made this huge task seem effortless. He is brisk enough to hold the listeners attention. To my ear, sound quality and production are excellent.
This audiobook was gifted to me in the hopeful expectation of this review
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