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Music in Social Movements

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Eyerman, Ron, and Andrew Jamison.  Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Reed, T. V. The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.  See the useful web site that accompanies the book at: http://www.upress.umn.edu/artofprotest

Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Brown, Fred. "They fight for rights:  In thought and deed, Guy and Candie Carawan define an era of struggle." Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 2, 1999.

Neely, Jack. "Lifelong Students, Eternal Activists: Guy and Candie Carawan in the 21st Century," Knoxville Metro Pulse, May 2005.
http://www.metropulse.com/articles/2005/15_15/gamut.shtml

Carawan, Guy and Candie, compilers and editors.  Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Its Songs.  Bethlehem, PA: Sing Out Corporation, 1990, 1992; NewSouth Books, 2008.  Originally published as two volumes: We Shall Overcome (1963) and Freedom is a Constant Struggle (1968), by Oak Publications.

Carawan, Guy and Candie.  "Sowing on the Mountain: Nurturing Cultural Roots and Creativity for Cultural Change," in Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change.  Edited by Stephen L. Fisher.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

Carawan, Guy and Candie.  "Carry It On: Roots of the Singing Civil Rights Movement," in Freedom is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Edited by Suzie Erenrich.  Washington, DC: Cultural Center for Social Change, 1999.

Carawan, Guy and Candie, collectors and editors.  Voices from the Mountains.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966.  Notes by Bernice Johnson Reagon.  Smithsonian Folkways, 2-CD set, SF 40084, 1997.

The Folk Revival

Cantwell, Robert.  When We Were Good: The Folk Revival.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Cohen, Ronald D.  Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival & American Society, 1940-1970.  University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

Cunningham, Agnes "Sis," and Gordon Friesen.  Red Dust and Broadsides: A Joint Autobiography.  University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Denisoff, R. Serge.  Great Day Coming: Folk Music and the American Left.  University of Illinois Press, 1971.

Denisoff, R. Serge.  Sing a Song of Social Significance. Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1972.

Dunaway, David.  How Can I Keep from Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (1981; New York: Villard, 2008).

Dylan, Bob.  Chronicles: Volume One. Simon & Schuster, 2004.  (has some interesting things to say about protest songs).

Feline, Benjamin.  Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music.  University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Goldsmith, Peter D.  Making People’s Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records.  Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Hajdu, David. Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña. New York: North Point Press, 2001.

Lieberman, Robbie. "My Song is My Weapon:" People’s Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930-1950. University of Illinois Press, 1989.

Weissman, Dick. Which Side Are You On? An Inside History of the Folk Music Revival in America. New York: Continuum, 2005.

Labor Songs

Glazer, Joe.  Labor’s Troubadour.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Green, Archie, David Roediger, Franklin Rosemont, and Salvatore Salerno, editors.  The Big Red Songbook.  Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2007.