Bob Gibson - I Come For To Sing

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9780961459413: Bob Gibson - I Come For To Sing

The life of Bob Gibson, the unsung father of commercially popular folk music, whose influence is still being felt in today's music, is celebrated in "Bob Gibson: I Come For To Sing", by Carole Bender and Bob Gibson. Included with the book is Bob Gibson's CD "Stops Along the Way".

The book is autobiographical as much as possible, but his importance to his contemporaries is emphasized by original contributions by such legends as Shel Silverstein, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Hamilton Camp, Gordon Lightfoot, Glenn Yarbrough, George Carlin and many others.

Bob Gibson is largely responsible for the revival of folk music in the late 50s and early 60s, as well as its elevation to a more widely-accepted popularity througout the country. In addition to his own musical contributions, Bob also wrote or co-wrote many of the more popular folk songs of the era, some of which were recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, and many others. His influence, his music, and his impeccable mastering of the 12-string guitar influenced an entire generation of performers.

This book is a tribute to Gibson's contribution to music, as well as a heartfelt tribute to the man himself, exploring his life and his career, the triumphs as well as the trials, including a dark look into his battle with drug addiction. Additional features include the most comprehensive Bob Gibson discography ever compiled, Gibson's complete song-writing textbook, the script of his play, "The Courtship of Carl Sandburg", numerous photos and illustrations, and of course, the CD "Stops Along the Way."

Proceeds from the sale of this book through this website go to the Bob Gibson Trust.

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From the Author:

There was a part of this man that made him great. This is the part of his personality I choose to talk about. Even those who experienced the lowest times with Bob seem to recognize that he was special in some way. The Bob Gibson I first came to know and the one to whom I longed to pay tribute is the one who gave the world a gift of his music. He left us all a wonderful gift. If he had a troubled personal life, it doesn't alter that gift. He presented us with ourselves in song. For that gift I choose to pay him homage.

I come before you with no claims of being the world's foremost authority on either Bob Gibson or folk music history. I come simply as someone who cared enough to assemble the parts of a story that longed to be told.

If you will listen, I'm sure you will hear America singing. Carole Bender

From the Back Cover:

"In 1953 a young man named Bob Gibson, inspired by a meeting with Pete Seeger, left behind a successful job to hit the road collecting folk songs. When he emerged, banjo in hand, ready to share what he'd found, he created an electricity the world of folk music had never seen. His arrangements, songwriting, and musical innovations took his audiences by storm, lighting the fire that led to the full-blown folk revival of the late 1950s to mid-1960s. He introduced Joan Baez in 1959, Judy Collins in 1960, and the album Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn in 1961, creating musical history.
"Bob co-wrote 'Abilene,' 'Well, Well, Well,' and 'You Can Tell the World.' His songs have been recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Byrds, the Smothers Brothers, the Kingston Trio, and countless others. He is credited as being an influence on most of the performers who came out of the folk-revival era, and that impact is still felt in most of today's popular music. He should have been folk music's biggest star, yet his name and story are sadly unknown by most. Out of personal frustration at the lack of information about him, I approached Bob Gibson in the last year of his life with an offer to help tell his story."
--Carole Bender

"In 1974 when doing publicity for my father's album Funky in the Country, I was fortunate to have mentors at the Old Town School explaining how to do it. Hamilton Camp helped too, giving me an earful one day at the caf� under the El tracks, when I showed him my first draft of the bio. He jumped up out of the booth, so frustrated that he was hopping up and down and hollering, 'You just don't get it! Your father was not an influence! He invented folk music!'
"I'm so glad to hear my dad's voice again, and I do hear it. Carole has done such a fabulous job of capturing his speech. He sounds like he's well again. Carole's offer was what he wanted and needed. Carole has not only gotten his story, she got his cadence. And I think he knew she would."
--Meridian Green

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