Long Steel Rail

Long Steel Rail

Written by: Norm Cohen

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  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publish Date: 2000
  • ISBN-10: 0252068815
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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, and variations, and discographies. A substantial new introduction updates this edition.

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