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Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel

Paul Jenkins

Abstract

In the 1940s and ’50s, Richard Dyer-Bennet (1913–1991) was among the best-known and most respected folk singers in America. This book tells the story of Dyer-Bennet, often referred to as the “Twentieth-Century Minstrel.” Dyer-Bennet’s approach to singing sounded almost foreign to many American listeners. The folk artist followed a musical tradition in danger of dying out. The Swede Sven Scholander was the last European proponent of minstrelsy and served as Dyer-Bennet’s inspiration after the young singer traveled to Stockholm to meet him one year before Scholander’s death. Dyer-Bennet’s achiev ... More

Keywords: Richard Dyer-Bennet, folk singers, Twentieth-Century Minstrel, singing, folk artist, musical tradition, Sven Scholander, minstrelsy, Stockholm, Carnegie Hall

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604733600
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604733600.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Jenkins, author