Polkabilly How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined


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  1. says:

    At once the rollicking history of the good timey Goose Island Ramblers a musical ethnography and thoughtful piece of academic research a call to expand our collective notion of what folk music is Polkabilly is also one of the enjoyable books on music I have ever readPolkabilly the music was born in the upper Midwest as a fusion of non Anglo European dance music folk songs and subject matter with American folk music at large most often considered of AngloScotIrish and African American traditions Leary for my money succeeds in explaining the marginalization of polkabilly within the greater American folk culture and why it deserves an eual footing at the tableAll of this might be rather dry and academic were it not for Leary's passion and obvious fondness for his subject the Goose Island Ramblers a multigenerational troupe that held court during the 1960s at Glenn Ann's the modern day Nitty Gritty a mom and pop pub a stone's throw from the University of Wisconsin MadisonThis is no tale of rebellious counter culture but rather one of a blue collar band that found its audience in a mix of working class folks and open eared college students If anything the Ramblers appear revolutionary for bringing unlikely people together to simply enjoy music rather than change the world If that is an oversimplification then I must admit to my fondness for this band and its history which I discovered just recently Oddly enough in telling the Ramblers story Leary might as well after changing the genres and decades be telling the story of the Replacements or Guided by VoicesThe book also includes a cd that provides a choppy overview of the band's music A stronger and enjoyable introduction to the Ramblers is The Best of the Goose Island Ramblers on Cuca Records of Mt Horeb Wis


  2. says:

    Excellent book on the neglected world of Upper Midwest roots music


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Polkabilly How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music Includes CD American Musicspheres [PDF / EPUB] Polkabilly How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music Includes CD American Musicspheres A freewheeling blend of continental European folk music and the songs tunes and dances of Anglo and Celtic immigrants polkabilly has enthralled American musicians and dancers since the mid 19th centur A freewheeling blend of continental European folk the Goose PDF ✓ music and the songs tunes and dances of Anglo and Celtic immigrants polkabilly has enthralled American musicians and Polkabilly How eBook á dancers since the mid th century From West Virginia coal camps and east Texas farms to the Canadian prairies and America's Upper Midwest scores of groups How the Goose Epub á have wed sueezeboxes with string bands hoe downs with hambos and sentimental Southern balladry with comic up north broken English comedy to create a new and How the Goose Island Ramblers Kindle - uniuely American sound The Goose Island Ramblers played as a house band for a local tavern in Madison Wisconsin from the early s through the mid s The group epitomized the polkabilly sound with their wild mixture of Norwegian fiddle tunes Irish jigs Slovenian polkas Swiss yodels old time hillbilly songs Scandihoovian and Dutchman dialect ditties frost bitten Hawaiian marches and novelty numbers on the electric toilet plunger In this original study James P Leary illustrates how the Ramblers' multiethnic music combined both local and popular traditions and how their eclectic repertoire challenges prevailing definitions of American folk music He thus offers the first comprehensive examination of the Upper Midwest's folk musical traditions within the larger context of American life and culture Impeccably researched richly detailed and illustrated and accompanied by a compact disc of interviews and performances James P Leary's Polkabilly How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music creates an unforgettable portrait of a polkabilly band and its world.

  • Hardcover
  • 259 pages
  • Polkabilly How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music Includes CD American Musicspheres
  • James P. Leary
  • English
  • 10 May 2016
  • 9780195141061