Bohlman examines folk music as a genre of folklore from a broadly cross-cultural perspective. His study espouses a more expansive view of folk music, a view stressing the vitality of folk music in non-Western cultures as well as Western, in the present as well as the past.
A wide range of examples—especially from the Middle East and American ethnic communities—illustrates the sheer richness of folk music in the twentieth century. A reconsideration of the folk musician as an agent of creativity underscores the book's assertion that folk music is not a disappearing genre, but rather an expressive behavior intrinsically part of the modern world.
- publisherIndiana University Press
- publisher placeBloomington, Indiana USA
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- rights holderIndiana University Press
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