Jean Ritchie Celebration of Life: Her Songs…her poems

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Jean Ritchie Celebration of Life: Her Songs…her poems (New York: Geordie Music Publishing, Inc., 1971). The book features original music and arrangements by Jean Ritchie and photographs by her husband George Pickow.

Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) became known as "The Mother of Folk" for her contributions to American folk music. She was instrumental in introducing the dulcimer to a wider audience as well as making dulcimers with her husband George Pickow (the maker of the "Wedding" dulcimer, Cat. #2015.0234.01).

In 1952, Jean Ritchie received a Fulbright scholarship to research folk songs and music that originated in Britain and Ireland, which subsequently made their way to the United States. Ritchie performed these songs in concerts throughout England and included some of the songs in her recording Field Trip, in 1954. After Jean Ritchie's return to the United States, she continued to perform and record. In 1959, she performed at the first Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Jean Ritchie recorded over 30 albums and authored 7 books throughout her career. In 1977, she received the Rolling Stone Magazine Critics award for her album None But One.

In 2002, Jean Ritchie received a National Endowment for the Arts heritage fellowship. She continued to perform until 2009, when she suffered a stroke. A tribute album, Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was released in 2014 and featured musicians Janis Ian, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, and Kathie Mattea.

Publishing Date: 1971

Referenced: Ritchie, JeanPublisher: Geordie Music Publishing, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments, Music & Musical Instruments, Dulcimers

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Credit Line: Gift of Nancy B. Hoffman and Elliot L. Hoffman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0274.04Accession Number: 2016.0274Catalog Number: 2016.0274.04

Object Name: book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 9 in x 3/8 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm x .9525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-56a7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1822735

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