From heavenly harmony to devilish fiddling, West Virginia's folk music is a treasure unique to this mountainous region. For the past 25 years, the story of West Virginia's traditional life has been deftly told in the pages of GOLDENSEAL magazine. Now, the best of GOLDENSEAL is gathered for the first time in a richly illustrated volume, "Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from GOLDENSEAL," now available in bookstores across the state, or direct from Goldenseal.
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"The vibrant strands of this music and its colorful practitioners delineate a unique culture where music and music making are part of a treasured history," says book editor John Lilly, editor of GOLDENSEAL magazine.
Artists featured in the book include champion fiddler Clark Kessinger, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, National Heritage Fellowship recipient Melvin Wine, recording stars Lynn Davis and Molly O'Day, dulcimer pioneer Russell Fluharty, internationally known entertainers the Lilly Brothers, bluesman Nat Reese, banjo woman Sylvia O'Brien and many others. Contributing writers and photographers include Carl Fleischhauer, Charles Wolfe, Ivan Tribe, Michael Keller, Gerald Milnes and Michael Kline, among others.
With 224 pages, more than 150 photographs, an introduction by Lilly, a comprehensive index and an extensive appendix of suggested listening, the book is a revealing trip into West Virginia folk culture. "Mountains of Music" was published by the University of Illinois Press as part of its Music in American Life series.
The book is available from the Goldenseal office for $33.95, plus $2 shipping per book; West Virginia residents please add 6% sales tax (total $37.99 per book including tax and shipping). Go here for a handy order form or visit the Online Shop.
|Publication of the book was made possible, in part, through financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. For more information about "Mountains of Music: West Virginia|
"Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from
A volume in the series Music in American Life
University of Illinois Press
224 pages. 8 ½ x 11 inches. 150 photographs.
Paper, ISBN 0-252-06815-7. $33.95
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