I Believe I'll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music (Paperback)

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Between 1959 and 1968, New England saw a folk revival emerge in more than fifty clubs and coffeehouses, a revolution led by college dropouts, young bohemians, and lovers of traditional music that renewed the work of the region's intellectuals and reformers. From Club 47 in Harvard Square to candlelit venues in Ipswich, Martha's Vineyard, and Amherst, budding musicians and hopeful audiences alike embraced folk music, progressive ideals, and community as alternatives to an increasingly toxic consumer culture. While the Boston-Cambridge Folk Revival was short-lived, the youthful attention that it spurred played a crucial role in the civil rights, world peace, and back-to-the-land movements emerging across the country.

Fueled by interviews with key players from the folk music scene, I Believe I'll Go Back Home traces a direct line from Yankee revolutionaries, up-country dancers, and nineteenth-century pacifists to the emergence of blues and rock 'n' roll, ultimately landing at the period of the folk revival. Thomas S. Curren presents the richness and diversity of the New England folk tradition, which continues to provide perspective, inspiration, and healing in the present day.

About the Author


PREFACE

CHAPTER ONE
To Make a Better World
We Came Here for to Sing

CHAPTER TWO
When First unto This Country
Settlement and Song in New England, 1600-1820

CHAPTER THREE
There's a Good Time Coming
Reform in New England, 1810-1900

CHAPTER FOUR
The Sound of Young America
America Westward and Southward, 1800-1900

CHAPTER FIVE
Down in the Groove
Recorded Music in America, 1890-1960

CHAPTER SIX
Rolling Home to Old New England
The Beginnings of the New England Folk Revival, 1940-1962

CHAPTER SEVEN
Tenting Tonight on the Banks of the Charles
Boston and Cambridge, 1960-1963

CHAPTER EIGHT
The Lay of the Land
Folk Music from across the New England Countryside

CHAPTER NINE
The Hour That the Ship Comes In
Boston and Cambridge, 1963-1964

CHAPTER TEN
The Chords of Fame
Boston and Cambridge, 1965-1966

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Stayed Around This Old Town Too Long
The Revival Passes Along, 1967-1968

CHAPTER TWELVE
Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go?
Winning Back Our Own Hearts and Minds

VOICES

APPENDIX ONE
Coffeehouses in New England, 1958-1968

APPENDIX TWO
Music Recordings in the Folk New England Collection

APPENDIX THREE
A Sampler of Songs from the Folk Revival

APPENDIX FOUR
Contra Dance at Newport

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING AND LISTENING

NOTES

INDEX

Praise For…


“The author covers the folk scene with diligent analysis, an archivist’s eye for detail, and anecdotes aplenty, capturing the imagination and engaging the intellect . . . Curren’s work is both historically important and vital reading for the present moment. Our need for a spiritual and cultural revival is, it would seem, as essential and natural as our need to sing. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

"[A]uthor Thomas S. Curren pairs an evident love for traditional music and the region, detailing the figures and the history of the folk movement in Boston and Cambridge in the early 1960s . . . It's an accessible history of a region and a moment in music."—Boston Globe

"Accessibly written by a knowledgeable and esteemed author, I Believe I'll Go Back Home does a good job of taking the reader on a journey along the ethnic origins of folk music that have absorbed into our culture."—John Kane, author of The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound


Product Details
ISBN: 9781625345653
ISBN-10: 1625345658
Publisher: Bright Leaf
Publication Date: May 28th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English