Reds, Whites, and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and by William G. Roy

By William G. Roy

Music, and people song particularly, is usually embraced as a sort of political expression, a car for bridging or reinforcing social barriers, and a priceless device for routine reconfiguring the social panorama. Reds, Whites, and Blues examines the political strength of people tune, no longer during the that means of its lyrics, yet throughout the concrete social actions that make up events. Drawing from wealthy archival fabric, William Roy exhibits that the People's Songs circulate of the Nineteen Thirties and 40s, and the Civil Rights flow of the Fifties and 60s carried out people music's social relationships--specifically among those that sang and those that listened--in other ways, reaching diversified outcomes.

Roy explores how the People's Songsters expected uniting humans in tune, yet made little headway past leftist activists. by contrast, the Civil Rights move effectively built-in tune into collective motion, and used tune at the wood strains, at sit-ins, on freedom rides, and in jails. Roy considers how the movement's Freedom Songs by no means won advertisement good fortune, but contributed to the broader achievements of the Civil Rights fight. Roy additionally strains the historical past of folks song, revealing the complicated debates surrounding who or what certified as "folk" and the way the music's prestige as racially inclusive used to be now not continuously a given.

reading people music's galvanizing and unifying energy, Reds, Whites, and Blues casts new mild at the dating among cultural varieties and social activity.

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