American Guitar Archive

In the fall of 2017 OISS hosted a series called American Guitar.  Four separate sessions surveyed several styles of American music (mainly “folk” based) from the Revolutionary roots to 1960s protest songs. Parker Emerson (amateur musician and OISS staff member) led the series in discussion and song. The following resources include the presentations from each session as well as additional learning suggestions..

General Resources

September 19th Appalachia, Cowboy Folk, Industrial Revolution

 

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October 17th: Gospel, Blues, Jazz

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Song list and lyrics TBA

November 7th: 60’s Folk and Protest Songs

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Song list and lyrics TBA

December 5: Special Guest Ben Verdery

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We conclude our series with a special performance/talk by Benjamin Verdery. Ben is the Chair of the Guitar Department at the Yale School of Music, the artistic director of New York's 92nd Street Y’s Art of the Guitar series since 2006, and artistic director of the bi-annual Yale Guitar Extravaganza since 1985. Benjamin is hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career.