Stephen Foster & Co.: Lyrics Of The First Great American Songwriters: (american Poets Project #30) by Steven FosterStephen Foster & Co.: Lyrics Of The First Great American Songwriters: (american Poets Project #30) by Steven Foster

Stephen Foster & Co.: Lyrics Of The First Great American Songwriters: (american Poets Project #30)

bySteven FosterEditorKen Emerson

Hardcover | April 15, 2010

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Stephen Foster is the trunk of the tree of American song. His blackface minstrel songs, including “Oh! Susanna,” “Old Folks at Home” (“Way down upon the Swanee River…”), and “My Old Kentucky Home,” and his parlor ballads, such as “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” have inspired composers, songwriters, and performers from Charles Ives and George Gershwin to Ray Charles and James Taylor. Foster devoted as much care and craft to his lyrics as he did to his timeless melodies.

In this comprehensive new selection, acclaimed music historian Ken Emerson introduces and annotates the lyrics to more than thirty of Foster’s best and best-known songs. These masterpieces by America’s first full-time professional songwriter, forebear of Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Carole King, and Bob Dylan, have been so deeply absorbed into our culture that they are often assumed to be folk music. Alongside are fifty other 19th-century American popular songs that influenced Foster or that he in turn influenced, from “Home! Sweet Home!” in the 1820s to “Western Home” (the original “Home on the Range”) in the 1870s.
Stephen Foster is a MacMillan PEN shortlisted story writer and novelist, and the author of several books of nonfiction including Walking Ollie and Fetching Dylan, both of which appeared on the London Sunday Times bestseller list. He lives in Norwich, England, with his partner and fellow writer Trezza Azzopardi, and their lurcher puppy ...
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Title:Stephen Foster & Co.: Lyrics Of The First Great American Songwriters: (american Poets Project #30)Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 7.8 × 4.7 × 0.67 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Library of AmericaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598530704

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“Pop-song scholar Emerson presents 81 such songs in their earliest incarnations in this neat collection, sorting them in categories that, used in their heyday, still make sense: Plantation Melodies, Parlor Songs, Drinking and Temperance Songs, Songs of Protest and Poverty, War Songs, and Comic Songs. . . . Essential Americana.”Booklist