Saturday, November 30, 2013

Music in the News

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* Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel -- "Deep in the hills of Appalachia, there's a mournful, beautiful style of church music that hasn't changed since the 18th century."
* ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ from the Coen brothers explores the inside world of contemporary folk music -- "Sitting down to talk with the filmmaking Coen brothers is like watching two master musicians trading riffs — signaling each other with little more than eye movement before the other takes over."
* Is folk music even possible anymore? -- "I’m talking about true folk music, songs that are created by and for a small, self-contained community, where musicians are performing for friends and neighbors in a style they all grew up with."
* Japanese Embrace Black Gospel Music -- "Historically, it's been difficult to share the gospel in through a music workshop, Japanese non-believers are learning to sing to the one true God."
* Shape-note singers host public “singing school” -- "The Shape-note singing student organization hosted a public singing session Saturday to introduce the tradition of shape-note singing to students and the general public."
* Singing Wells: Preserving Threatened Heritage -- "The Singing Wells is an international music project that aims at preserving and promoting musical traditions of East Africa, and does so in a remarkably refreshing way."
* “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014 -- "Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music."
* Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot – review -- "Woody Guthrie was inducted into the US Army, wrote for a Communist party publication and composed songs attacking bankers."
* World's most expensive book sells for $14mn in New York -- "It's the first book printed in America and the first book written in America."

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