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Transforming Tradition

Folk Music Revivals Examined

Keen insights into one of the most fondly remembered postwar music movements

Transforming Tradition examines the phenomenon of the folk song revival, those vibrant meldings of popular and folk culture that captured public awareness in the 1950s and 1960s. Best remembered as forums for performers like Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio, and as incubators for unlikely radio hits like "Tom Dooley" and "Blowin' in the Wind," the folk revival gave rise to a bustling and influential subculture of hootenanies, coffeehouses, and blues and bluegrass appreciation, sowing a legacy that remains a vital part of American culture. Many of the contributors to this collection performed during the revival era. Today, their expertise in folklore, ethnomusicology, and cultural history allow them to blend insider knowledge and trained analysis to form unique perspectives.


Neil V. Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the author of Bluegrass: A History.

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