“America Changed Through Music”: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Essay Collection

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Ross Hair and Dr Thomas Ruys Smith/ School of American Studies, University of East Anglia
contact email: 
r.hair@uea.ac.uk / Thomas.Smith@uea.ac.uk

Following a highly successful international conference in September (http://www.americachangedthroughmusic.com/), proposals are now invited for a book of essays marking the sixtieth anniversary of Harry Smith’s landmark Anthology of American Folk Music. Over the six decades since its release in 1952, Smith’s collection of American vernacular musics has exerted considerable influence on numerous generations of musicians, artists, and writers. “America Changed Through Music”: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music will be the first collection of essays to address the diverse legacies of what is widely considered a seminal work in twentieth-century music and art. Taking Smith’s speech at the Grammy Awards in 1991 as a starting-point —‘I’m glad to say that my dreams came true. I saw America changed through music’—we welcome proposals for essays that may consider, but are certainly not limited to, the following topics:

• The Anthology in relation to Smith’s broader body of work
• Analyses of individual artists and songs included in the Anthology
• The Anthology and the development of American music
• The Anthology’s influence on individual artists, writers, musicians, and beyond
• The Anthology’s aesthetics
• The Anthology’s politics
• The critical heritage surrounding the Anthology
• The 1997 CD reissue of the Anthology
• Transatlantic dialogues in the Anthology
• The cultural legacies of the Anthology
• The Anthology’s role in defining/redefining notions of the Old and the New ‘Weird America’
• The Anthology and ethnic and cultural identity
• The Anthology and its music in the twenty-first century

Please send proposals of 300-500 words to Dr Thomas Ruys Smith [Thomas.Smith@uea.ac.uk] and Dr Ross Hair [R.Hair@uea.ac.uk] by December 20th 2012. Please include a brief biographical statement / CV and contact details. Submission of essays will be Summer 2013.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
modernist studies
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond