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A unique scholarly collection of bawdy or forbidden American folksongs. Presents the full texts of some 125 songs, with melodies for most of them & detailed annotations for all. The author s commentary places the songs in historical, social, &, where appropriate, psychological context. Bawdy songs are a major part of traditional songlore yet have always been given short shrift in serious publications on folk music. Cray s wonderful study cloaks this fascinating subject with academic respectability without diminishing the charm of the delectable body within.
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"The revision and expansion of Cray's groundbreaking 1968 collection reaffirms the continuity of a Rabelaisian spirit of American culture virtuously damned by all. Preachers, professors - polite people of all persuasions-are discomfited by these shamelessly libidinous paeans to the glories of obscenity... Cray's thoughtful, well-reasoned, and useful introduction makes clear that society's inability to deal with these rude lyrics has resulted in considerable losses to historical scholarship... The book's importance for popular culture studies lies in its exploration of middle-class culture's continued complex relation to taboo: its pleasure in privately violating rules within intimate subgroups while enforcing strict decorum in the public sphere." - Jerome Stern, Studies in Popular Culture "The Erotic Muse is now expanded and thoroughly updated, with a valuable introduction, by Cray... Strongly recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries with an interest in folklore, Americana, music, and literature. The bibliography is a rich guide to the important literature in the field." - Choice "These are the folksongs that usually don't get into the standard collections; or, if they do, usually in extremely censured form... These songs represent the sizable amount of fascination that the scatological and sexual sides of life have always generated for humanity." - Brendan Foreman, Folktales ADVANCE PRAISE "Cray's notes are remarkably full. He has researched the songs thoroughly, outlining their history and giving several versions of many... Anyone interested in erotic material-and who isn't-will want this book."-Edith Fowke, Come-All-Ye "Cray's wonderful study cloaks this fascinating subject with academic respectability without diminishing the charm of the delectable body within." - Norm Cohen, the author of Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong "Academics sometimes say journalism is history in a hurry. Now comes American Datelines, an anthology that suggests history is journalism refocused by hindsight." -- San Francisco Examiner "A nifty idea, imaginatively executed and complete with the original, often hyperventilating, headlines." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review "This singular approach to history will be enjoyed not only by students of American history and culture but also by journalism students, who will be able to witness the changes in journalistic writing from the narrative style of the early years to the concise style of today." -- School Library Journal
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Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass. Condition: Good. . Slightly dampstained. Seller Inventory # V15I-00728
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1969. Paperback. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001835243
Book Description Condition: Good. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages are intact ( dust cover may be missing or if its there may be in extremly rough condition. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May NOT include discs, access code or other supplemental material. Seller Inventory # 2UEG4S000G2S
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass. Paperback. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0515028010I5N00
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass. Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0515028010I5N01
Book Description Pyramid Books, New York, 1969. Trade Paperback. Condition: Used - Very Good. Buy with confidence from 'Your neighborhood book store, online (tm). Seller Inventory # 20222
Book Description Pyramid, New York, 1972. Paperback. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. Cover has modest wear, spine faded. Fore-edges foxed, contents nice and clean. 272 pages. An uncensored collection of the bawdy songs everybody knows, and no one ever wrote down. Seller Inventory # 23209
Book Description Pyramid Special, New York, 1972. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First printing of this edition. 8vo paperback, Pp xxxiv + 272. A clean, unmarked copy in printed wrappers with sunned spine. Seller Inventory # 85200
Book Description A Pyramid Special, New York, 1972. Trade Paper. Condition: Good Condition. An uncensored collection of the bawdy songs everybody knows, and no one ever wrote down before. 272pp. Indexed. Red card covers with edges rubbed. Content clean, bright and sound. Seller Inventory # 052431