I'd Give My Life - A Journey by Folk Music

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Darling's journey involved the formation of the Tarriers, with actor Alan Arkin, and creating the massive hit The Banana Boat Song, making the Tarriers the first group after the famous Weavers to gain worldwide fame through the singing of folk music, thus preparing the way for the Kingston Trio and all who would follow. Having been inspired by Pete Seeger and the original Weavers, life's typical twists had him taking Seeger's place in that group. Not finding the answers to his internal quest, however, he found himself leaving the Weavers, forming the Rooftop Singers and introducing the 12-string guitar to popular music through their number one hit, Walk Right In. Darling's journey was a perilous one, as anyone's journey in the arts is likely to be, given the twists of fate that can affect the art world, along with the confusion of becoming a political person, but not of the left or the right. He ended up thinking that our political answers lie in the realm of psychology, and in the idea of (just as it sounds): a University for Becoming More Fully Human. Includes a CD with 24 songs.

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302 pages, 6 x 9 in., ISBN 978-0831400934 $24.95 Includes CD with 24 songs. "Emerging from Greenwich Village's burgeoning folk scene of the mid-fifties, Erik Darling pulled off the impossible. During an era when Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and the Platters dominated A.M. radio, his folk trio, The Tarriers, scored a Top-4 hit in 1956 with The Banana Boat Song. Besides fueling a brief national mania for calypso, the Tarriers laid the foundation for the Kingston Trio and the many folk groups that followed. After four years with the Weavers, Darling formed the Rooftop Singers, an innovative folk/jazz trio that topped the charts with Walk Right In and introduced twelve-string guitars to popular music. More suited to introspection than self-promotion, Darling maintained a deep-seated integrity and restless curiosity that stands in sharp contrast to the usual modus operandi of the American entertainment business. Looking beyond the hit records, concert performances and colorful personalities, this book documents Darling's journey towards self-discovery." List of songs on the included CD: 1. True Religion 13. Train Time 2. The Dit Dit Song 14. Santa Claus Is Comin 3. I Love My Love 15. Boll Weevil 4. Walk Right In Blues 16. God Knows She Ain t No Angel 5. The Cuckoo 17. Don t Go Mad 6. Bright Morning Stars 18. I Know Where I m Gong 7. Shady Grove 19. Shadrack 8. Woody 1955 20. The Banana Boat Song (Studio) 9. Woody 2002 21. The Banana Boat Song (Live) 10. Child, Child 22. Rock Island Line (Studio) 11. Jumpin Judy 23. Rock Island Line (Live) 12. Moanin Dove 24. Aunt Rhody s Christmas

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