By Bill C. Malone

A musician, documentarian, pupil, and one of many founding participants of the influential folks revival staff the recent misplaced urban Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent greater than fifty years accumulating, appearing, and commemorating the tradition and folks tune of white and black southerners, which he referred to as "music from the genuine vine." during this attention-grabbing biography, invoice Malone explores the lifestyles and musical contributions of people artist Seeger, son of musicologists Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger and brother of folksingers Pete and Peggy Seeger.

Malone argues that Seeger, whereas now not in addition often called his brother, could be extra vital to the historical past of yankee tune via his paintings in deciding on and giving voice to the folk from whom the people revival borrowed its songs. Seeger recorded and produced over 40 albums, together with the paintings of artists reminiscent of Libba Cotten, Tommy Jarrell, Dock Boggs, and Maybelle Carter. In 1958, with an ambition to recreate the southern string bands of the twenties, he shaped the hot misplaced urban Ramblers, aiding to motivate the city folks revival of the sixties. Music from the real Vine offers Seeger as a gatekeeper of yankee roots tune and tradition, displaying why generations of musicians and fanatics of conventional tune regard him as a mentor and an inspiration.

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