General Surveys of Folk Music
The following surveys are located in the open stacks area of the Music Library unless indicated otherwise.
Folk and traditional music of the western continents. 1965. Nettl.
Folk music in the United States : an introduction. Nettl.
ML128 .F74 M5 1986
Folk music in America : a reference guide. Miller.
Ethnic recordings in America : a neglected heritage. (located in Listening Center)
"Wasn't that a time!" : firsthand accounts of the folk music revival. Cohen, ed.
The Anglo-American ballad : a folklore casebook. Dugaw.
ML3650.T72 v. 1-4
The traditional tunes of the child ballads. 1959-72. Bronson.
Long steel rail : the railroad in American folksong. Cohen.
ML429.A83 G65 1998
Making people's music : Moe Asch and Folkways records. Goldsmith.
Romancing the folk : public memory & American roots music. Filene.
Transforming tradition : folk music revivals examined. Rosenberg, ed.
When we were good : the folk revival. Cantwell.
ML134.5.D9 B6 1991
Bob Dylan, American poet and singer : an annotated bibliography and study guide of sources and background materials, 1961-1991
: with a supplemental checklist of studies on the 1960s and the folk revival. Richard David Wissolik, ed.
A race of singers : Whitman's working-class hero from Guthrie to Springsteen. Garman.
The folk songs of North America : in the English language. Lomax.
Encyclopedias, Indexes, Bibliographies (located in the Music Reference area)
Music Ref ML100.G16
The Garland encyclopedia of world music. 1997.
Music Ref ML102.C7 D4
The illustrated encyclopedia of country music. 1977.
Music Ref ML102.P66 G84 1988
The encyclopedia of popular music. 1998. Colin Larkin, ed.
Music Ref ML102.F66 R4
The folk, country, and bluegrass musician's catalogue. 1982. Rasof.
Music Ref ML128.E8 G5
Ethnomusicology and folk music: an international bibliography of dissertations and theses. 1966. Gillis.
Music Ref ML102.F66 B3
Folk music : more than a song. 1976. Baggelaar.
Music Ref ML19.S26
The folk music sourcebook. 1976. Sandberg.(copies in both the Reference and open stacks areas)
INDEX ML118.R62 K3
The rock index : an alphabetical listing of major articles and record reviews about rock, folk, and soul music as they appeared
in the leading rock music publications from January 1st, 1966 to December 31st, 1973. Kanze.
Music Ref ML156.4.F5A4
American folk music and folklore recordings : a selected list. 1986.
Folk music : a catalog of folk songs, ballads, dances, instrumental pieces, and folk tales of the United States and Latin
America on phonograph records. 1964.
Music Ref ML156.4.N3 T8x
Grass roots music. 1979. Tudor.
Finding Additional Materials in the BGSU Libraries Catalog
In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, use the following subject searches:
Folk dance music
individual musician's names (last name, first name)
Recordings and Scores
When looking for recordings performed by a particular musicians or scores (printed music) written by a specific musician,
search the name of the musician by AUTHOR. You can also use the subject headings listed above to search for recordings or
To see if the Music Library owns a recording, search the following in the BGSU Libraries Catalog:
Name of performer
Note: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on containers or inner
Magazine Articles: Periodical Indexes
Reader's Guide Full Text. 1983-present.
1900-1985. (Located in first-floor reference index area)
Academic Search Complete. 1984-present.
Suggested Subject Terms: Jazz Music; Bands (Music)
New York Times Historical. 1851-2004.
Indexing for more recent issues of the New York Times is available via various databases, including Newspaper Source.
Suggested Subject Terms: Music; Folk; Individual musicians' names
The Music Index. 1978-present. Print copies are located in the Music Library and date from 1949-present.
Suggested Subject Terms: Big Bands; Dance Orchestras; Swing; Jazz Bands; Individual musician names
Humanities Index. 1974-1984. (Located in the first-floor reference index area)
Humanities International Complete. 1984-present
Popular Music Periodical Index. 1973-1976. Located in Music Library
Suggested Periodicals in the Music Library
Dirty Linen : the journal of folk, folk-rock, and traditional music (1989-present) (incomplete)
Folk Roots (1985-present (incomplete))
Resound : a quarterly of the Archives of Traditional Music (1983-1996 (incomplete))
Sing Out (1952-1971 incomplete, 1971-present)
There are many resources available on the Internet for folk music and related subjects.
Folkmusic.org: the most comprehensive list of folk and acoustic music resources on the web
Old Town School of Folk Music: the world's largest permanent center for the study of folk music from all cultures.
The Ark: one of America's most renowned folk clubs in Ann Arbor, MI.
Dirty Linen: the magazine of folk, electric folk, traditional and world music.
Folk Alliance: North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.
A Traditional Music Library: a collection of "of songbooks, tune-books, sheet-music, lyrics, midis, tablature, plus music theory, chord diagrams, scales
and other music educational & academic reference materials."