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More Than a Life
Author: Keith McKenry

ISBN: 9781925078145
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1 August 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.0
Description:
Book & CD. John Meredith (19202001) was for decades the leading warrior in the fight to preserve and celebrate Australias 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 e...

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