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American folk music


American folk music is a musical term that encompasses numerous genres, many of which are known as traditional music, traditional folk music, contemporary folk music or roots music. Roots music is a broad category of music including bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun and Native American music. The music is considered American either because it is native to the United States or because it developed there, out of foreign origins, to such a degree that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new. It is considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

  • also known as 美国民间音乐

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife (2011)

by Jonathan H. X. Lee, Kathleen M. Nadeau

Instead, Chinese American folk music borrows the classical music styles and instrumentation of Europe. A number of cultural organizations are devoted to Chinese American music and traditions, including the notable Chinese Music Society of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

Introducing American Folk Music.

Google previewMusic in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture by Jacqueline Edmondson Ph.D.

The 1950s–1960s Folk Revival and Beyond The release of the Anthology of American Folk Music occurred at a time of renewed interest in American folk music and growing audiences in both college settings and urban areas. Sing Out, a ...

Google previewAmerican Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu

American folk music of the nineteenth century embraced a blending of Europe an and native traditions. Many of the nonEnglish Europe an ballads imported into the United States were integrated into native folk forms, as immigrants adapted to ...

Google previewThe Coen Brothers Encyclopedia (2014)

by Lynnea Chapman King

Set in and inspired by Greenwich Village, New York, 1961, Inside Llewyn Davis depicts the American folk music scene just prior to the meteoric success of Bob Dylan. The film chronicles the odyssey of its title character on a week-long winter ...

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I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music. (Alan Lomax)
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