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Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn


This book presents a collection of essays on the debates about origins, authenticity, and identity in folk and blues music. The essays had their origins in an international conference on the Transatlantic routes of American roots music, out of which emerged common themes and questions of origins and authenticity in folk music, black and white, American and British. The central theme is musical influences, but issues of identity—national, local, and racial—are also recurring subjects. The extent to which these identities were invented, imagined, or constructed by the performers, or by those who ... More

Keywords: authenticity, folk music, blues music, American roots music, musical influences, racial identity, British blues, performers, Alan Lomax, Woody Guthrie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032882
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Terry, editor

Neil A. Wynn, editor