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Bill Monroe

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...When Bill Monroe brought together various regional forms to create bluegrass music, he fundamentally altered the trajectory of American music culture and created a factory for producing uniquely talented musicians. Monroe was born...
...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...
...Perhaps one of the most recognizable twentieth-century Americans, Louis Armstrong emerged from the early jazz scene to become its most continually popular interpreter. Born in Louisiana in 1901, Armstrong lived with his grandmother until he...
...The composer, musician, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis became one of the foremost promoters of New Orleans jazz history in the late twentieth century. Born in New Orleans in 1961, Marsalis began performing at the age of six with Danny...

Railroad Songs

Paolo Prato


David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Railroad songs constitute a distinct corpus of melodies and texts spanning a number of conventional genre divisions within North American music, including ballads, work songs, blues and country music, where the common denominator...