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Title:
Sing it pretty : a memoir
Author:
Hawes, Bess Lomax, 1921-2009. author.
ISBN:
9780252033131

9780252075094
Physical Description:
182 pages, [12] pages plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series:
Music in American life
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Getting started -- Growing up -- Our singing country -- Europe and Bryn Mawr -- The Almanacs and the war -- Boston, babies, and beginning to teach -- California and more teaching -- College teaching -- Off-campus excursions -- The Smithsonian festivals -- Moving to the National Endowment for the Arts -- Creating the Folk Arts Program -- Guidelines, panels, and policies -- Working with states and artists -- The National Heritage Fellowships -- Memories.
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Bess Lomax Hawes grew up with her father John Lomax and brother Alan in the first family of American folk music. Her compelling account of the folk music boom of the mid-twentieth century and the development of "public-sector" folklore includes family friends Ruth Crawford Seeger and Carl Sandburg, fellow Almanac Singers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and other musicians and artists. Her own creative endeavors as producer of American folk culture films, author of academic papers and books, and coauthor of the Kingston Trio's hit "MTA Song" (adapted from a local political campaign jingle) unfold alongside her teaching of guitar and American folk music to thousands of adults in Los Angeles. Whether instructing college students in anthropology, learning singing games from the Georgia Sea Island Singers, or directing the Folk and Traditional Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawes tells the larger-than-life story of a woman dedicated to preserving and appreciating America's traditional cultures.