Folk Music 101
By Kim Ruehl, About.com Guide
American Folk Music History
American folk music has been around since the country was founded. Learn more about the history of folk music from the time it was first recorded, until now.
- Folk Music History
- African-American Folk Music History
- Basic Intro to Folk Music
- American Folk Music Timeline
- All About the 1960s Folk Revival
Folk Songs 101
Learn more about some of the most notable, historic, and memorable American folk songs. Find out what inspired their creation, and how their meaning has changed over time.
- "Blowin' in the Wind"
- "Goodnight Irene"
- "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
- "Oh! Susanna"
- "Scarborough Fair"
Essential Songs, Albums, and Artists
Find out what songs, albums, and artists you want to have in your personal folk music collection.
- Best Folk Songs of 2008
- Best Songs of the 1960s Folk Revival
- Best Folk CDs of 2006
- Best Folk CDs of 2007
- Best Folk CDs of 2008
- Essential Folk Music CDs
- Best Unknown Folk Artists
- Best Political Folksingers
- Best Folk Artists of All Time
- Best Bluegrass Artists
Classic Protest Music
Here are some of the most notable protest and political singers in American folk music.
- All About Protest Music
- Classic Anti-War Protest Songs
- Best Protest and Political Singers
- Why Protest Music Works
- Pete Seeger
New Protest Music
Protest music didn't die at the end of the 1960s. Here are some of the new protest singers on the scene.
- Michael Franti
- Bruce Springsteen - 'We Shall Overcome'
- Neil Young - 'Living With War'
- Sheryl Crow - 'Detours'
- Spook Handy - 'Whatcha Gonna Do?'
The Environment, Labor and Civil Rights
Not all political and protest music speaks out against a war. Here are some recommended songs, artists and albums dealing with the environment, labor issues and civil rights.