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...In the early era of country music recording, the Carter Family became stars and, by the time of the 1960s folk revival, stood as representations of a past musical culture. In 1927, A. P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter went from Virginia...

Isabel Parra

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...Violeta Isabel Cereceda Parra is a folk guitarist and a member of the Parra family whose members have played, and continue to play, a significant part in the Chilean folk music scene. Isabel is the daughter of Violeta Parra, considered one...
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...In Rolling Stone magazine, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré is listed as number seventy-six on “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Similarly, he ranks number thirty-seven on Spin magazine's “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Known...

Delkash

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...The Iranian singer and actress known as Delkash played an important role in spreading and modernizing traditional Persian music. Born Esmat Bagherpour in the city of Babol in 1925, Delkash was one of ten children. As a teenager, she...
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...Often considered to be the founding father of intentionally recorded American folk music, Woody Guthrie’s career was as much that of a storyteller and journalist as that of musician. Guthrie was born to a middle-class family in Okemah...

Victor Jara

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...The tragic career of Victor Jara positioned him as a martyr for the international community of politically active folk artists. Jara was born near Santiago, Chile in 1932 and worked on a farm with his family at the behest of his father...
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...Richard and Linda Thompson were a British husband and wife duo performing in the folk rock genre. Though they met in 1969, they only formed as a musical duo after their marriage in 1972. Richard (b. April 3, 1949) performed as a guitarist...

Pete Seeger

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...Peter R. Seeger was an American folk singer-songwriter and banjo player. Most notably, he was a social activist, who described himself as a “sing-along leader.” He was kept under close watch by the FBI during the McCarthy era, but his...
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...When the nueva canción movement became popular in Latin America, few artists combined political content and folk music forms as profoundly as Carlos Mejía Godoy. Godoy was born in 1943 in Nicaragua; his father was a popular musician...

Johnny Cash

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...Few artists embody their chosen form to the degree of Johnny Cash. Born in Arkansas in 1932, Cash began singing with his family while working in their farm’s cotton fields. In 1944, Cash’s brother died in a table saw accident and,...