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23 – Folk Traditional Folk Music “Music by the people, for the people” Seen as authentic, anti-commercial, outside the mainstream Often played on acoustic instruments (with vocals) Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) Fold singer, songwriter Oklahoma, Cali, NY People’s songs Worker’s ballads (pro-union) Family songs Anti-fascist, pro-Socialist/Communist “This Land is Your Land” (rec. 1944) o Response to Berlin’s “God Bless America” o Music adapted from Carter Family song Folk becomes a more popular/commercial entity in the 1950s and 1960s Bob Dylan (b.1941) Singer, performer, songwriter “Drags urban folk music into the modern era of rock” Dropped out of school in Minnesota and moved to NYC Unconventional songwriting practices Poetic, complex, serious lyrics Topical, political, blunt, and socially conscious “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965) o Unconventional (long, dense, complex verses) o Lyrics trace woman’s fall from privilege (both narrative and a question)
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course MUSICOL 123 taught by Professor Garret during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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