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Richard Dyer-Bennet : the last minstrel

Author: Paul O Jenkins
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2010.
Series: American made music series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 1940s and '50s, Richard Dyer-Bennet (1913-1991) was among the best known and most respected folk singers in America. Paul O. Jenkins tells, for the first time, the story of Dyer-Bennet, often referred to as the "Twentieth-Century Minstrel." Dyer-Bennet's approach to singing sounded almost foreign to many American listeners. The folk artist followed a musical tradition in danger of dying out. The Swede Sven  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Richard Dyer-Bennet; Richard Dyer-Bennet; Richard Dyer-Bennet; Richard Dyer-Bennet
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul O Jenkins
ISBN: 9781604733600 1604733608
OCLC Number: 318292882
Description: xviii, 181 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Master and pupil --
New York --
Early recordings --
Aspen interlude and life on the road --
The blacklist --
Dyer-Bennet Records --
The lovely milleress and Stony Brook --
The odyssey of Richard Dyer-Bennet --
The legacy of Richard Dyer-Bennet.
Series Title: American made music series.
Responsibility: Paul O. Jenkins ; foreword by Bonnie Dyer-Bennet ; afterword by Andrew Schulman.

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"In the 1940s and '50s, Richard Dyer-Bennet (1913-1991) was among the best known and most respected folk singers in America. Paul O. Jenkins tells, for the first time, the story of Dyer-Bennet, often referred to as the "Twentieth-Century Minstrel." Dyer-Bennet's approach to singing sounded almost foreign to many American listeners. The folk artist followed a musical tradition in danger of dying out. The Swede Sven Scholander was the last European proponent of minstrelsy and served as Dyer-Bennet's inspiration after the young singer traveled to Stockholm to meet him one year before Scholander's death." "Dyer-Bennet's achievements were many. Nine years after his meeting with Scholander, he became the first solo performer of his kind to appear in Carnegie Hall. This book argues Dyer-Bennet helped pave the way for the folk boom of the mid-1950s and early 1960s, finding his influence in the work of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and many others. It also posits strong evidence that Dyer-Bennet would certainly be much better known today had his career not been interrupted midstream by the anticommunist, Red-scare blacklist and its ban on his performances."--Jacket.

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