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Richard Dyer-BennetThe Last Minstrel$
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Paul Jenkins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604733600

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604733600.001.0001

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The Legacy of Richard Dyer-Bennet

The Legacy of Richard Dyer-Bennet

(p.124) Chapter 9 The Legacy of Richard Dyer-Bennet
Richard Dyer-Bennet

Paul O. Jenkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the legacy of Richard Dyer-Bennet as a minstrel or folk singer. It explains that Dyer-Bennet never considered himself as a folk singer. Some of his contemporaries described him as the most honest artist, and as a unique performer who used folk material and transmuted it into what might be called art songs. The chapter also mentions that while many artists were heavily influenced by Dyer-Bennet, they were not able to establish a lasting presence in the recording industry’s mainstream.

Keywords:   Richard Dyer-Bennet, legacy, folk singer, minstrel, honest artist, art song

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