Millennium Folk: American Folk Music since the Sixties by Thomas GruningMillennium Folk: American Folk Music since the Sixties by Thomas Gruning

Millennium Folk: American Folk Music since the Sixties

byThomas Gruning

Hardcover | August 25, 2006

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This first ethnographic study of the American folk music revival that began in the late 1980s examines its people, economy, and politics. Covering the perspectives of fans, performers, marketers, and others, Thomas Gruning takes on some of the folk community's stickiest issues, many of which have roots extending to the previous folk heyday in the 1960s-and sometimes to even more distant eras. Today, such issues are most evident in the clash between the folk community's entrepreneurial, tech-savvy present and its idealized memory of origins in some rural, egalitarian, blue-collar past.

Whose voice gets heard in the folk community has always raised fundamental questions about race, gender, sexuality, authenticity, and power relations, says Gruning. To assess folk's current state and the direction it may be heading, Gruning discusses the microcosm of folk music festivals, the rise of the singer/songwriter, the heightened visibility of gay and lesbian performers, the blurring distinction between folk and world music, the explosion of affordable, high-quality recording and reproduction technology, and more. Millennium Folk is a challenging new look at an understudied community, valuable for what it tells us about folk music, and for what folk in turn suggests about the wider culture's hopes and apprehensions in a globalized, consumerist world.

Thomas Gruning is an independent ethnomusicologist living in Middleburgh, New York. He has been active in folk music for most of his adult life as a songwriter, composer, and musician.
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Title:Millennium Folk: American Folk Music since the SixtiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.2 × 0.8 inPublished:August 25, 2006Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820328294

ISBN - 13:9780820328294

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Gruning is grounded in ethnography as well as important viewpoints drawn from critical theory. He is aware of authenticity as a powerful concept and is sensitive to the constant tensions between the mythic past and the present with constantly shifting constructions of meaning. Gruning’s realization that 'experience has taken on the patina of an old photograph, slightly browned around the edges and instilled with a sense of authenticity that can only be claimed through the gauze of the historical imagination' suggests insights well worth pursuing in Millennium Folk. - James Akenson - Tennessee Tech, and founder of the International Country Music Conference