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Jabbour, Alan

Works: 108 works in 164 publications in 5 languages and 3,551 library holdings
Genres: Field recordings  Folk music  Music  Juvenile works  Interviews  Popular music  Periodicals  Folk literature  Songs and music  Biography 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Performer, Instrumentalist, Speaker, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Photographer, Narrator, Commentator
Classifications: GT3390.5.U6, 393.90975
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Decoration day in the mountains : traditions of cemetery decoration in the southern Appalachians by Alan Jabbour( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decoration Day is a late spring or summer tradition that involves cleaning a community cemetery, decorating it with flowers, holding a religious service in the cemetery, and having dinner on the ground. These commemorations seem to predate the post-Civil War celebrations that ultimately gave us our national Memorial Day. Little has been written about this tradition, but it is still observed widely throughout the Upland South, from North Carolina to the Ozarks. Written by internationally recognized folklorist Alan Jabbour and illustrated with more than a hundred photographs taken by Karen Singer Jabbour, Decoration Day in the Mountains is an in-depth exploration of this little-known cultural tradition. The Jabbours illuminate the meanings behind the rituals and reveal how the tradition fostered a grassroots movement to hold the federal government to its promises about cemeteries left behind when families were removed to make way for Fontana Dam and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Richly illustrated and vividly written, Decoration Day in the Mountains presents a compelling account of a widespread and long-standing Southern cultural practice
Folk-songs of the South : collected under auspices of West Virginia Folk-lore Society by John Harrington Cox( )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Folk-Songs of the South: Collected Under the Auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society is a collection of ballads and folk-songs from West Virginia. First published in 1925, this resource includes narrative and lyric songs that were transmitted orally, as well as popular songs from print sources. Through 186 ballads and songs and 26 folk tunes, this collection archives a range of styles and genres, from English and Scottish ballads to songs about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the opening of the American West, and boat and railroad transportation. It includes children's play-party and dance music, songs from African American singers, and post--Civil War popular music. The original introduction by Cox contains vibrant portraits of the singers he researched, with descriptions of performance style and details about personalities and attitudes. With an introduction by Alan Jabbour, this edition renews the importance of this text as a piece of scholarship, revealing Cox's understanding of the workings of tradition across time and place and his influence upon folk-song research."--Publisher's description
American fiddle tunes by Alan Jabbour( Recording )

6 editions published between 1971 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

28 fiddle performances drawn from field recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress
Music for the gods( Recording )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in Madurese and Indonesian and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folk arts and crafts by Sherry Bonnice( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the various arts and crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation, from making useful everyday items to creating home decor items
A Conversation with Gwendolyn Brooks by Gwendolyn Brooks( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gwendolyn Brooks, 29th consultant in poetry for the Library of Congress, discusses her poetry, her relation to other Black writers, and her thoughts on cultural identity among Black Americans
Folklife annual 1985 : a publication of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arthur S. Alberts collection : more tribal, folk, and café music of West Africa by Arthur S Alberts( Recording )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in Multiple languages and No Linguistic content and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yoruba/Dahomean collection( Recording )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ritual songs and drumming from four religions of the Yoruba/Dahomean diaspora: Haitian Vodou, Brazilian Candomble, Cuban Santeria, and Trinidadian Shango
Folklife annual 1986 : a publication of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress by Alan Jabbour( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folklife is the study of tradition, of what carries forward through time, providing continuity and identity with a place or an activity. This collection of articles is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of theories and procedures of folklife study and to demonstrate both the variety of folklife communities and the unexpected similarities displayed by seemingly disparate groups or situations. "Breakdancing" (S. Banes) traces the phenomenon of breakdancing from its origins on the streets of New York City in the early 1980s where it served as a nonviolent form of competition between gangs, or "crews," of youngsters through its transformation into a theatrical event. "Among the Qeros" (J. Cohen) details the return visit of a filmmaker to a remote region in the Andes of Peru and the changes he found there after only six months. "'Bleows'": The Whaling Complex in Bequia" (H.P. Beck) describes 19th century whaling customs still practiced on the island of Beguia in the Lesser Antilles. "The Kalevala: 150 Years, 1835-1985" (E. Brodunas) introduces this Finnish folk epic. "The Kalevala Process" (L. Honko) discusses the history of the epic, and "Partial Repentance of a Critic: The Kalavala, Politics, and the United States" (W.A. Wilson) is a critic's reassessment of The Kalevala. "Immigrant to Ethnic" (Y.H. Lockwood) has to do with the symbols of identity among Finnish Americans. "Minnesota Logging Camp, September 1937" (R. Lee) is a photographic essay. "Via Dolorosa" (A. Asplund) is the life story of a Finnish immigrant to the United States, and "Symposium on the Life Story" (E.D. Ives, et al.) provides commentary on the preceding article. Many black and white and color photographs are included. (Jb)
Folklife annual 88-89 : a publication of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier : the Henry Reed collection, from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a multi-format collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-1967, when Reed was over 80 years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier. Many of the tunes have passed back into circulation during the fiddling revival of the later twentieth century. This online collection incorporates 184 original sound recordings, 19 pages of fieldnotes, and 69 musical transcriptions with descriptive notes on tune histories and musical features; an illustrated essay about Reed's life, art, and influence; a list of related publications; and a glossary of musical terms
Folklife annual 1987 : a publication of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes articles by Roger D. Abrahams, Erika Brady, James Gilreath, Michael Sam Cronk, Jeff Todd Titon, and James McNutt
Bristlelip( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story is set in the Federal period of the nineteenth century (about 1815). It is a comical tale that focuses on the importance of empathy and kindness
Shaking down the acorns : traditional music and stories from Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties, West Virginia( Recording )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Henry Reed reunion by Alan Jabbour( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southern summits : 21 duets by Alan Jabbour( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sandy's fancy by Sandy Bradley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1981 and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollow Rock legacy( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A banjo frolic by Patrick Ferryn( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

“We have seen the films “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Deliverance”, and more recently “Oh Brother! Where Art Thou.” These movies took Appalachian music and the five-string banjo to a broader international audience. A Banjo Frolic addresses the same subject, providing testimony about the present vitality and meaning of traditional music in the United States. We drove from Atlanta GA to Washington DC (home of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, two huge folk-music repositories), and throughout western North Carolina and Virginia, the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains. The Appalachian areas we visited are in the nest of old-time music (also bluegrass), which is distinct from the usual commercial trends of the country music. A Banjo Frolic raises several issues like conservation, transmission, and transformation of the Southern musical heritage. It surely could be used as a basis for reflecting on the meaning of our own European traditional music, its use and value within the present-day world. The context presented is an America distant from the usual clichés. -- Gérard De Smaele & Patrick Ferryn”
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Decoration day in the mountains : traditions of cemetery decoration in the southern Appalachians
Folk arts and crafts
Alternative Names
Alan Jabbour American musician

Alan Jabbour Amerikaans violist

Alan Jabbour músico estadounidense