River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi

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An eloquent accompaniment to an upcoming PBS documentary offers an inclusive musical portrait of the Mississippi River, showing its effect on the culture of America and including interviews with over more than five hundred musicians whose music flows with the river. TV tie-in. 15,000 first printing.

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Elijah Wald is a Boston-based journalist and musician who served as a writer and consultant on The Mississippi: River of Song. John Junkerman, who also lives in Boston, directed the series. They and the rest of the project crew traveled over twelve thousand miles in preparing the book and series, visiting seventy locations in all ten states that line the Mississippi River.

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The companion to a PBS documentary miniseries, this unique odyssey plunges deep into the grassroots heart of musical America. Wald, who writes on music for the Boston Globe, and Junkerman, a documentary filmmaker, spent months traveling from the Mississippi's headwaters in northern Minnesota south to the Delta, recording live performances, mingling with musicians, listening to the jazz, blues, rock, gospel, country and bluegrass emanating from 10 states. While FM devotees will recognize some of the acts profiled?Twin Cities band Soul Asylum, gospel choir Sounds of Blackness, New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas, legendary blues singer Fontella Bass?most of the voices represent what folksinger (and PBS series narrator) Ani DiFranco in her preface to the book aptly calls the "ever-present undercurrent of organically generated music" percolating beneath the mainstream of pop culture. There's something here for almost every taste, be it punk rock, Ojibwe Indian powwow songs, traditional Laotion Hmong tunes, blues sessions in Memphis, hip-hop brass band fusion in New Orleans or a Mexican-American band in Illinois playing everything from traditional corridos to the "Hava Nagilah." Like the river itself, the book rolls along easily from an annual polka fest in Wisconsin to a zydeco dance hall in Louisiana leaping between commentary, interview segments, memorable lyrics, reminiscences and photographs. Showcasing the richness, vitality, energy and variety of music seldom?if ever?heard on top-40 radio stations, this captivating survey will coax readers to watch the PBS miniseries, which starts in January, and to seek out the accompanying CD soundtrack. (Jan.) FYI: Smithsonian Folkways will release the CD companion to the miniseries in this month.
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Book Description Smithsonian Pub., USA, 1999. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Theo Pelletier Photos (illustrator). First. 1999 First Edition HARDCOVER book in dust Jacket . BRAND NEW from 1999 publisher . Never opened , Never read , Never marked . Book size : 8" wide x 9-1/2 " tall ; weighs 2-1/2 pounds; 352 pages , illustrated with black & white and Color photographs by Theo Pelletier throughout . with some song lyrics & discography . Fascinating American Music history . Companion volume to the four-hour documentary for PBS Public Broadcasting televison & radio , exploring contemporary music along the Mississippi River . ' explores the variety of music found along the Mississippi River. Numerous diverse artists and styles are profiled: the rock group Babes in Toyland, blues artist John Koerner, and the gospel group Sounds of Blackness, as well as a teacher of Hmong music. As the text passes through Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, readers encounter other styles ranging from polka to jazz to rhythm and blues. The journey ends with the musical riches of Louisiana, including zydeco, jazz, street musicians, hip-hop, brass bands, and Spanish Isles. Contains lengthy transcriptions of interviews with musicians, some song lyrics, and a discography.' . ' Wald, who writes on music for the Boston Globe, and Junkerman, a documentary filmmaker, spent months traveling from the Mississippi's headwaters in northern Minnesota south to the Delta, recording live performances, mingling with musicians, listening to the jazz, blues, rock, gospel, country and bluegrass emanating from 10 states. While FM devotees will recognize some of the acts profiled :Twin Cities band Soul Asylum, gospel choir Sounds of Blackness, New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas, legendary blues singer Fontella Bass - most of the voices represent what folksinger (and PBS series narrator) Ani DiFranco in her preface to the book aptly calls the "ever-present undercurrent of organically generated music" percolating beneath the mainstream of pop culture. There's something here for almost every taste, be it punk rock, Ojibwe Indian powwow songs, traditional Laos Laotion Hmong tunes, blues sessions in Memphis, hip-hop brass band fusion in New Orleans or a Mexican-American band in Illinois playing everything from traditional corridos to the "Hava Nagilah." Like the river itself, the book rolls along easily from an annual polka fest in Wisconsin to a zydeco dance hall in Louisiana leaping between commentary, interview segments, memorable lyrics, reminiscences and photographs. Showcasing the richness, vitality, energy and variety of music seldom, if ever, heard on top-40 radio stations, this captivating survey will coax readers into an enjoyable journey down to the Delta. This book is : " River of Song - A Companion to The Mississippi : River of Song , a Smithsonian Institution Series , for PBS " . by Elijah Wald & John Junkerman . with photographs by Theo Pelletier . published by the Smithsonian Instutition Books ; 1999 First Edition Hard cover Book in DJ*** Secure packing for Safe Shipping safely since 1965 *** Size: 8 x 9-1/2". Seller Inventory # 3781

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