The traditional songs, dances, and legends of ordinary people in the United States have long served as a means of communication and a source of entertainment. Each group brought its unique song and dance music to America: The Irish brought jigs and reels, the African-American slaves work and dance songs, Hispanics their corridors and polkas, Cajuns their waltzes and two-steps. The interaction between these groups created the many rich hybrids that are American folk music. Featuring 36 photographs, a glossary, discography, and chronology, ""American Popular Music: Folk"" is an essential resource on this vital and influential American artform. The entries include: The Archive of American Folk Song; Moses Asch; Joan Baez; Harry Chapin; Bob Dylan; Fairport Convention; Woody Guthrie; The Irish Rovers; John and Alan Lomax; Eck Robertson; Pete Seeger; Townes Van Zandt; Lucinda Williams; John W. Work; and many others.
Richard Carlin is the author of several books on music, including Southern Exposure, The Big Book of Country Music, Classical Music: An Informal Guide, and the five-volume Worlds of Music. He has also served as Advisory Editor on Country Music for the American National Biography. He lives in New Jersey. Ronald D. Cohen, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest, has written extensively on the folk music revival.