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Folk Music Basics

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Learn more about the history of American folk music. Get all the info you need about the artists and styles that have influenced the evolution of folk music, and find out what songs and albums are essential to your collection.
  1. American Folk Music History
  2. Folk Songs 101
  3. Essential Songs, Albums, and Artists
  1. Classic Protest Music
  2. New Protest Music
  3. The Environment, Labor and Civil Rights

American Folk Music History

Woody Guthrie - The Asche Recordings

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 Songs 101

American Flag

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.

Essential Songs, Albums, and Artists

Bob Dylan - 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' CD Cover

Find out what songs, albums, and artists you want to have in your personal folk music collection.

Classic Protest Music

Phil Ochs

Here are some of the most notable protest and political singers in American folk music.

New Protest Music

Ani DiFranco

Protest music didn't die at the end of the 1960s. Here are some of the new protest singers on the scene.

The Environment, Labor and Civil Rights

Pete Seeger

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.

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