2014, English, Book, Illustrated edition: More than a life : John Meredith and the fight for Australian tradition / Keith McKenry. McKenry, Keith, 1948-, (author.)

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More than a life : John Meredith and the fight for Australian tradition / Keith McKenry
 
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Physical Description
  • 488 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm.
Published
  • Kenthurst, NSW Rosenberg, 2014.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • More than a life : John Meredith and the fight for Australian tradition /​ Keith McKenry.
Author
  • McKenry, Keith, 1948-, (author.)
Published
  • Kenthurst, NSW Rosenberg, 2014.
Copyright
  • ©2014
Content Types
  • still image
  • text
Carrier Types
  • volume
Physical Description
  • 488 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm.
Subjects
Target Audience
  • Adult
Summary
  • More than a life: John Meredith and the Fight for Australian Tradition Keith McKenry. John Meredith (1920-2001) was for decades the leading warrior in the fight to preserve and celebrate Australia's unique folk heritage. Between 1953 and 1994 he recorded from ordinary Australians thousands of songs, tunes, recitations, folk medicines, superstitions, sayings and yarns, documenting a rich canon of traditional lore which at the time few believed-and many denied-existed. He was also a key pioneer in folk song performance, establishing in 1952 the original Bushwhackers Band and performing in the landmark Australian musical Reedy River. A political radical throughout the Cold War years, he fought all his life against poverty, cultural toadyism and official indifference. Writing or co-authoring many books on Australian tradition and history including the classic Folk Songs of Australia and the Men and Women Who Sang Them, still easily the most important single volume in the field, he achieved official recognition late in life, his original field recordings becoming an acknowledged national treasure. Unlike however the great song collectors in other English-speaking countries he did not have the benefit of a good education let alone formal musical training for he was forced by poverty to leave school at age fourteen at the height of the Great Depression. In 1944, having neither qualifications nor prospects, he mounted his pushbike and left the New South Wales township of Holbrook where he was born and rode into the sunrise, determined to make his fortune.
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 9781925078145 (hardback)
  • 1925078140 (hardback)
Dewey Number
  • 398.092
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