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The Resource Three songs, three singers, three nations : the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013, Greil Marcus, (electronic resource)

Three songs, three singers, three nations : the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013, Greil Marcus, (electronic resource)

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Three songs, three singers, three nations : the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013
Title
Three songs, three singers, three nations
Title remainder
the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013
Statement of responsibility
Greil Marcus
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Greil Marcus has been one of the most distinctive voices in American music criticism for over forty years. His books, including Mystery Train and The Shape of Things to Come, traverse soundscapes of folk and blues, rock and punk, attuning readers to the surprising, often hidden affinities between the music and broader streams of American politics and culture. Drawn from Marcus’s 2013 Massey Lectures at Harvard, his new work delves into three episodes in the history of American commonplace song: Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s 1928 “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground,” Geeshie Wiley’s 1930 “Last Kind Words Blues,” and Bob Dylan’s 1964 “Ballad of Hollis Brown.” How each of these songs manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one illuminates different aspects of the commonplace song tradition. Some songs truly did come together over time without an identifiable author. Others draw melodies and motifs from obscure sources but, in the hands of a particular artist, take a final, indelible shape. And, as in the case of Dylan’s “Hollis Brown,” there are songs that were written by a single author but that communicate as anonymous productions, as if they were folk songs passed down over many generations
  • Greil Marcus has been one of the most distinctive voices in American music criticism for over forty years. His books, including Mystery Train and The Shape of Things to Come, traverse soundscapes of folk and blues, rock and punk, attuning readers to the surprising, often hidden affinities between the music and broader streams of American politics and culture. Drawn from Marcus’s 2013 Massey Lectures at Harvard, his new work delves into three episodes in the history of American commonplace song: Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s 1928 “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground,” Geeshie Wiley’s 1930 “Last Kind Words Blues,” and Bob Dylan’s 1964 “Ballad of Hollis Brown.” How each of these songs manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one illuminates different aspects of the commonplace song tradition. Some songs truly did come together over time without an identifiable author. Others draw melodies and motifs from obscure sources but, in the hands of a particular artist, take a final, indelible shape. And, as in the case of Dylan’s “Hollis Brown,” there are songs that were written by a single author but that communicate as anonymous productions, as if they were folk songs passed down over many generations
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Marcus, Greil
Dewey number
782.421620092
LC call number
ML3551.9
LC item number
.M37 2015
Series statement
The William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
Series volume
2013
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dylan, Bob
  • Lunsford, Bascom Lamar
  • Wiley, Geechie
  • Folk songs, English
  • Folk musicians
Label
Three songs, three singers, three nations : the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013, Greil Marcus, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Inflection : "Ballad of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan -- Disappearance and forgetting : "Last kind words blues," Geeshie Wiley -- World upside down : "I wish I was a mole in the ground," Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  • Inflection : "Ballad of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan -- Disappearance and forgetting : "Last kind words blues," Geeshie Wiley -- World upside down : "I wish I was a mole in the ground," Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001529969
Dimensions
19 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
164 pages
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License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780674187085
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015010873
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001529969
Label
Three songs, three singers, three nations : the William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 2013, Greil Marcus, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Inflection : "Ballad of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan -- Disappearance and forgetting : "Last kind words blues," Geeshie Wiley -- World upside down : "I wish I was a mole in the ground," Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  • Inflection : "Ballad of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan -- Disappearance and forgetting : "Last kind words blues," Geeshie Wiley -- World upside down : "I wish I was a mole in the ground," Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001529969
Dimensions
19 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
164 pages
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780674187085
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015010873
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001529969

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