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Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Ronald D. Cohen


The role of folk music, broadly defined, during the trying years of the Great Depression in the United States, 1929–40, with a particular focus on the role of left-wing political groups and individuals. The government promoted a labor and cultural renaissance through the “alphabet stew” of federal programs, employing Charles Seeger, John and Alan Lomax, and numerous others in collecting folk music. Performers such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, and many others connected vernacular music with commercial outlets such as concerts, record companies, and radio shows. Members of the Comm ... More

Keywords: Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Woody Guthrie, Communist Party, Popular Music, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628813
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald D. Cohen, author