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dec 22, 2006, 2:03 pm

I am pursuing my undergrad degree (Journalism) at the moment with an eye towards graduate work (hopefully a dual degree in Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Library Science with a Music Librarian Specialization).

What book would you recommend I pick up now to lay a good foundation as I progress?

2Luster Første besked:
feb 20, 2007, 2:30 pm

I'd suggest Henry Glassie's Stars of Ballymenone (2006)

It's current, well-written, and as good a view of what folklorists do as you can find.

mar 19, 2007, 5:29 pm

Would either of you have Guy Logdon: "The Whorehouse Bells are Ringing"?

I would be grateful for help getting some quotes showing how Lomax rewrote (and lost the humor of) cowboy folksongs for something i am writing now --

If you do not have the book it would be worth getting if you are not like me stuck out in the woods with no wheels and no library near . . .

4sarahbryan Første besked:
maj 8, 2007, 7:55 am

I'm partial to "The Singer of Tales." It's really, really dense reading and may feel a little dated, but it's something that's stuck with me and seemed more and more important in retrospect. I second Luster's recommendation of "Stars of Ballymenone." It's a really rich and enjoyable read, and if you haven't discovered Henry Glassie yet, you're in for a treat. Good luck with your studies -- sounds like a fantastic combination!
Chapel Hill

5folk_smith Første besked:
jul 15, 2007, 1:07 am

Well, if you're serious, go ahead and pick up "Passing the Time in Ballymenone" so that you will have some context for "Stars."