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Thread #16399   Message #152805
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Dec-99 - 03:27 AM
Thread Name: Songbooks: A Basic Folk Library
Subject: RE: A Basic Folk Library
Looks like my addiction is doing pretty well. I have over half of the books you guys have listed, but I've been looking for a year for Long Steel Rail without any luck. Now that I'm fully retired, I can devote more time to finding that book.
I'm going to dare to differ a bit with Sandy, though. Norman Cazden's The Abelard Folk Song Book is much better than your run-of-the mill folk song book, and maybe a bit better in detail than the Lomax books. In 1982, the State University of New York Press published Folk Songs of the Catskills, edited by Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, and Norman Studer. If you do not have a copy of this book, remind me to hide mine before you come to visit, to help you avoid temptation. This is one heck of a good piece of work, often with two or three pages of fascinating text to tell the story behind one song. That's what I'm looking for - not just collections of songs, but books that tell the story behind the songs.
It will be interesting to see what else gets added to the list. I'm looking for folk music books of all varieties.
There is one particular area where I'm really lacking - gospel songs and spirituals, both black and white. I've got lots of hymnals, but they don't have the old-time religious songs that really have some power in them.
-Joe Offer-