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More than a life : John Meredith and the fight for Australian tradition / Keith McKenry
Bib ID 6446358
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume, audio disc]
McKenry, Keith, 1948- author
Description Dural Delivery Centre NSW : Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, 2014 
488 pages : illustrations, portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (approximately 1 hr. and 30 min.) ; 12 cm 
ISBN 9781925078145 (hardback)
Technical Details

System requirements: Computer with CD-ROM drive using media player or CD player. 

audio file : CD audio 


More than a life: John Meredith and the Fight for Australian Tradition Keith McKenry. John Meredith (1920-2001) was for decades the leading warrior in the fight to preserve and celebrate Australia's 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 education let alone formal musical training for he was forced by poverty to leave school at age fourteen at the height of the Great Depression. In 1944, having neither qualifications nor prospects, he mounted his pushbike and left the New South Wales township of Holbrook where he was born and rode into the sunrise, determined to make his fortune.


"This biography includes a CD containing the cream of Meredith's field recordings together with classic performances by leading Australian and international folk artists"--Dust cover.

Library's N copy signed by the author.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 442-481) and index.

Selected for archiving

Subjects Meredith, John, 1920-2001.  |  Folklorists -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Folk musicians -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Folklore -- Australia.  |  Australian


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