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Richard Dyer-Bennett / Twentieth Century Minstrel /: Dyer-Bennett, Richard

About this Item: Decca, 1949. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Not a book but a 10-inch, vinyl, 33-1/3 rpm "unbreakable microgroove Long Play" record, Decca DLP 5046, featuring "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife," "The Old Maid," "Greensleeves," etc. Near mint vinyl in a near-mint cardboard sleeve. Ah, folk music: beatniks in black berets smoking Gauloises and drinking endless cups of coffee while listening to strident young men protest an American culture dominated by Dwight Eisenhower, Jack LaLanne, and Howdy Doody . . . right? Possibly not. The album notes would have us believe the British-born Mr. Dyer-Bennett essentially invented the genre of solo guitar on these shores (Jimmie Rodgers? Who?), drawing his inspiration from "Swedish lute-singer" Sven Scholander, who had "revived the ancient art of minstrelsy" in Europe before the war. "When Burl Ives went into the army, he offered Dick his place on the program at the Village Vanguard," and from there it was next stop Carnegie Hall, where "for the first time in history a ballad-singer in white tie and tails packed the great hall." For Dick Bennett "sings with the pure 'white' tone of the classical European tenor," it says here. "He did NOT work for years in a cow-camp nor hobo around the country on freight trains." Ah. That, it seems, is the closest Alan Lomax, editor of the "American Folk Music series" for Decca, is going to come to mentioning Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, Lead Belly, Howlin' Wolf, or anyone else lacking that, you know, "pure 'white' tone of the European tenor." Though Decca had done well in the '40s, curiously enough, recording Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan, and Sister Rosetta Tharp, while we somehow don't recall Richard Dyer-Bennett dominating the booming folk-music charts hereafter. Reduced from $27. Seller Inventory # 003865

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Wood, Bridget

Published by Robert Hale Ltd (1987)

ISBN 10: 0709028806 ISBN 13: 9780709028802

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From: Bookbarn International (Bristol, SOM, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Robert Hale Ltd, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Ex Library. Seller Inventory # BBI2317280

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