Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel

Author:   Paul Jenkins ,  Bonnie Dyer-Bennet
Publisher:   University Press of Mississippi
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9781617032059


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   29 August 2011
Format:   Paperback
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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..

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Author:   Paul Jenkins ,  Bonnie Dyer-Bennet
Publisher:   University Press of Mississippi
Imprint:   University Press of Mississippi
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.312kg
ISBN:  

9781617032059


ISBN 10:   1617032050
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   29 August 2011
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Paul O. Jenkins is the director of library services at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has published articles in Old-Time Herald and College and Research Libraries News. He received the New York Times Academic Librarian Award in 2006.

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