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Author Pen, Ronald.

Title I wonder as I wander : the life of John Jacob Niles / Ron Pen ; foreword by Rick Kogan
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 371 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map, music, portraits
Contents Overture : sunrise in Clark County -- The families gather at the river -- The move to rural Jefferson County -- Independence and adventure -- Jack Niles goes off to war -- Life after the war -- Creating a life in the Big Apple -- Kerby and Niles present folk music on the concert stage -- Doris Ulmann -- Transitions and new beginnings -- Life in Lexington -- Settled in Kentucky -- Dean of American balladeers -- Consolidation of a life in music -- Do not go gentle -- Coda
Summary Louisville native John Jacob Niles (1892-1980) is considered to be one of our nation's most influential musicians. As a composer and balladeer, Niles drew inspiration from the deep well of traditional Appalachian and African American folk songs. At the age of sixteen Niles wrote one of his most enduring tunes, "Go 'Way from My Window," basing it on a song fragment from a black farm worker. This iconic song has been performed by folk artists ever since and may even have inspired the opening line of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."In I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles, the first f
Bibliography "Sound recordings of John Jacob Niles's music": pages 341-353
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-339) and index
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Subject Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980.
Composers -- Kentucky -- Biography.
Singers -- Kentucky -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010020663
ISBN 0813125987 (electronic bk.)
9780813125985 (electronic bk.)