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Transatlantic Roots MusicFolk, Blues, and National Identities$
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Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032882

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001

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The Historical and Social Background of Transatlantic Roots Music Revivals

The Historical and Social Background of Transatlantic Roots Music Revivals

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(p.3) 1 The Historical and Social Background of Transatlantic Roots Music Revivals
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Transatlantic Roots Music
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Jill Terry

Neil A. Wynn

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of some of the major debates and issues about folk/roots music, and its meaning and place as a genre, identified by the collectors and authorities who both preserved the historical musical record and at the same time posed the questions of meaning and authenticity that were to become a major feature of “revivals” of both folk and blues music in later years. That such questions were important can be seen in the disappearance (from academic memory and discourse at least) of African American performers such as Florence Mills who were enormously popular in the 1930s and 1940s and yet did not easily fit the descriptions of blues or jazz performers. The chapter also addresses the causes of folk/blues revivals and attempts to place them historically before returning again to the fundamental question of definition and meaning.

Keywords:   folk music, roots music, meaning, authenticity, folk revivals, blues revivals, African American music

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