Long Steel Rail
by Norm Cohen
University of Illinois Press, 2000
Cloth: 978-0-252-00343-1 | Paper: 978-0-252-06881-2
Library of Congress Classification ML3551.C57 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.42162130159

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Impeccable scholarship and lavish illustration mark this landmark study of American railroad folksong. Norm Cohen provides a sweeping discussion of the human aspects of railroad history, railroad folklore, and the evolution of the American folksong. The heart of the book is a detailed analysis of eighty-five songs, from "John Henry" and "The Wabash Cannonball" to "Hell-Bound Train" and "Casey Jones," with their music, sources, history, variations, and discographies. A substantial new introduction updates this edition.
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