Microsoft PowerPoint - Folk Music Revival & Folk Rock

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Folk Music Revival & Folk Rock
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Folk Music Revival Songs composed in folk style: Use of acoustic instruments Usually duo or trio harmonies Strong scene in NYC’s Greenwich Village
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Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) Born in OK “Hobo-ed” during 1930s Depression Witnessed troubles of ordinary people
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“This Land is Your Land” - Guthrie Chorus: This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me ________ As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there And that sign said - no tress passin' But on the other side . ... it didn't say nothin! Now that side was made for you and me! Chorus In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple Near the relief office - I see my people And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin' If this land's still made for you and me.
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Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads (1940) 1 st Commercial Recording Semi-Autobiographical “Talking Dust Bowl Blues”
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Back in nineteen twenty seven I had a little farm and I called it heaven Prices up and the rain come down I hauled my crops all into town Got the money. ..bought clothes and groceries. .. Fed the kids. .and raised a big family But the rain quit and the wind got high Black old dust storm filled the sky I traded my farm for a Ford machine Poured it full of this gas-i-line And started. ..rocking and a-rolling Deserts and mountains. ..to California Way up yonder on a mountain road Hot motor and a heavy load Going purty fast, wasn't even stopping Bouncing up and down like popcorn a- popping Had a breakdown. .kind of a nervous bustdown Mechanic feller there charged me five bucks And said it was En-gine trouble Way up yonder on a mountain curve Way up yonder in a piney wood I gave that rolling Ford a shove Gonna coast just fars as I could Commence a rolling. .picking up speed Come a hairpin turn. .and I didn't make it Man alive, I'm a telling you The fiddles and guitars really flew That Ford took off like a flying squirrel Flew halfway around the world Scattered wives and children All over the side of that mountain Got to California so dad-gum broke So dad-gum hungry I thought I'd choke I bummed up a spud or two Wife fixed up some tater stew We poured the kids full of it Looked like a tribe of thy-mometers arunning around Lord, man, I swear to you That was surely mighty thin stew So damn thin I really mean You could read a magizine Right through it. .look at the pictures too Purty whiskey bottles. .naked women Always have thought, always figured If that damn stew had been a little thinner Some of these here politicians Could of seen through it
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Pete Seeger (b. 1919) Major role in folk revival Pioneer in 50s & 60s Protest Music “We Shall Overcome”
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Folk Music into the Mainstream Populist (and Folk Song) Movement: Sense of community Performances Lyrics Audience – college-age Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” #1 hit in 1959
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Formed in 1961 Greenwich Village “If I Had a Hammer” Pete Seeger song Top 10 in ‘62
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