Always a Song by Ellen Harper audiobook

Always a Song: Singers, Songwriters, Sinners, and SaintsMy Story of the Folk Music Revival

By Ellen Harper

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Always a Song is a collection of stories from singer and songwriter Ellen Harper-folk matriarch and mother to the Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper. Harper shares vivid memories of growing up in Los Angeles through the 1960s among famous and small-town musicians, raising Ben, and the historic Folk Music Center. This beautifully written memoir includes stories of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The New Lost City Ramblers, Doc Watson, and many more. Harper takes readers on an intimate journey through the folk music revival. The book spans a transformational time in music, history, and American culture. Covers historical events from the love-ins, women's rights protests, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the popularization of the sitar and the ukulele. "Growing up, an endless stream of musicians and artists came from across the country to my family's music store. Bess Lomax Hawes, Joan Baez, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGee-all the singers, organizers, guitar and banjo pickers and players, songwriters, painters, dancers, their husbands, wives, and children-we were all in it together. And we believed singing could change the world."-Ellen Harper Music lovers and history buffs will enjoy this rare invitation into a world of stories and song that inspired folk music today. A must-read for lovers of music, history, and those nostalgic for the acoustic echo of the original folk music that influenced a generation Harper's parents opened the legendary Folk Music Center in Claremont, California, as well as the revered folk music venue The Golden Ring. A perfect gift for people who are obsessed with folk music, all things 1960s, learning about musical movements, or California history Great for those who loved Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns; and Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller.

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Always a Song is a collection of stories from singer and songwriter Ellen Harper-folk matriarch and mother to the Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper. Harper shares vivid memories of growing up in Los Angeles through the 1960s among famous and small-town musicians, raising Ben, and the historic Folk Music Center. This beautifully written memoir includes stories of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The New Lost City Ramblers, Doc Watson, and many more.
  • Harper takes readers on an intimate journey through the folk music revival.
  • The book spans a transformational time in music, history, and American culture.
  • Covers historical events from the love-ins, women's rights protests, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the popularization of the sitar and the ukulele.
"Growing up, an endless stream of musicians and artists came from across the country to my family's music store. Bess Lomax Hawes, Joan Baez, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGee-all the singers, organizers, guitar and banjo pickers and players, songwriters, painters, dancers, their husbands, wives, and children-we were all in it together. And we believed singing could change the world."-Ellen Harper Music lovers and history buffs will enjoy this rare invitation into a world of stories and song that inspired folk music today.
  • A must-read for lovers of music, history, and those nostalgic for the acoustic echo of the original folk music that influenced a generation
  • Harper's parents opened the legendary Folk Music Center in Claremont, California, as well as the revered folk music venue The Golden Ring.
  • A perfect gift for people who are obsessed with folk music, all things 1960s, learning about musical movements, or California history
  • Great for those who loved Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns; and Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Ellen Harper is folk music royalty, growing up with Pete Seeger and Joan Baez around the dinner table. Her story is both heartrending and a pleasure to read." -ROGER MCGUINN, Leader of the Byrds
I read this book in a weekend, riveted by the intimacy and the honesty of Ellen's narrative. Always a Song is an eloquent, searching account of a life lived for truth, love, and music." -JACKSON BROWNE
Truth-teller Ellen Harper writes through five generations of her multi-cultural family's odyssey of fighting to keep music real and powerful in American life. At times heartbreaking and humorous, but always inspiring and not to be missed by songwriters and singers, music fans, or anyone who likes a meaningful story." -PETER CHASE, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Ellen Harper's unique vantage as red-diaper baby, folk connector, counterculture witness, and maven of family and community is matched by her memory, wit, and compassion." -JONATHAN LETHEM, New York Times bestselling author of Chronic City and Motherless Brooklyn
Ellen Harper's extraordinary story is revelatory, inspiring, and compulsively readable. Harper's account of fighting the establishment in the name of art and equality is required reading-a songbook of protest, of freedom, of revolution and resurgence." -BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON, internationally bestselling author of Remember Me Like This
A bridge back to the world I remember as a child of folkies, beatniks, free lovers, poets, and intellectuals-all fighting for a new way of life-Harper's memoir is of a wonderful complicated family, the story of a woman, the story of America." -BOB FORREST, lead vocalist for Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief
This book is a love song and at times a blues song; but always a folk song of community, compassion and justice. Full of love of family and love of music, a most fertile ground for sowing seeds of human harmony. Each chapter unfolds like another Child Ballad to the heartbeat of this remarkable woman, Ellen Harper. Indeed, there is always hope as long as we keep on singing." -JOHN YORK, former bassist for The Byrds

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English