Folk Song USA Author:John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax From The Saturday Review: "One of the best of its kind ... gives the singer a more coherent story to sing." — Folklorists John and Alan Lomax have spent years gathering together the 111 songs and ballads represented here. Their collection of "homemade hand-me-downs" in words and music are some of America's favorite songs, or as Alan Lomax says: "... more »Songs accepted by whole communities, songs voted good by generations of singers and passed on by word of mouth to succeeding generations."
But FOLK SONG U.S.A. is more than a compendium of lyrics and musical arrangements for piano and guitar. It is the musical life of a people. And through the tales of their adventures while collecting these songs and their accounts of tall tales they heard along the way, the Lomaxes place these songs and their singers against a colorful historical background which goes far toward explaining the essence of the phenomenon that is known as the American folk song.« less