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Twenty-seven years in the making (194067), this tapestry of nearly two hundred American popular and protest songs was created by three giants of performance and musical researchAlan Lomax, indefatigable collector and preserver; Woody Guthrie, performer and prolific balladeer; and Pete Seeger, entertainer and educator of three generations of Americans to their musical heritage. In his new afterword, seventy-nine-year-old Pete Seeger recounts the long history of collecting and publishing this anthology of Depression-era, union hopeful, New Deal melodies. With characteristic modesty he tells us whats missing and whats wrong with the collection. But more important, he tells us whats right and why it still matters, noting songs that have become famous the world over: Union Made, Which Side Are You On?, Worried Man Blues, Midnight Special, and Tom Joad. Now, at the turn of the century, the millennium, whats the future of these songs? he asks. Music is one of the things that will save us. Future songwriters can learn from the honesty, the courage, the simplicity, and the frankness of these hard-hitting songs. And not just songwriters. We can all learn.

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