After attending his first folk festival in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1936, he began to search for people who could teach him folk songs. He spent time listening to recordings from the Library of Congress that his stepmother Ruth Crawford was transcribing, and he learned from live encounters with Aunt Molly Jackson, Lead Belly, Thomas Hart Benton, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Following in his father’s footsteps, he had started Harvard University in 1936, but dropped out after two years, intending to become a journalist. Unable to find a job in journalism, he soon began to pursue music, working for Alan Lomax at the Archive of American Folksong at the Library of Congress.
—  Did you know Pete Seeger worked at the Library of Congress? AmeriGrove’s Pete Seeger’ article by Anne Dhu McLucas is now freely available on Grove Music Online.

As of 1 January 2014, 27 years have passed since the first edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music was published. In those 27 years, The Beatles sold two billion albums, Michael Jackson died, and Simon Cowell had the excellent foresight to create One Direction. While many notable music events have transpired over the past 27 years, the number ‘27’ holds an eerie identity within the music industry. The term ‘27 club’ was coined to recognize the alarming number of musicians who have died at 27 years of age…

To mark the publication of this new edition, as well as bring light to this strange phenomenon amongst musicians, we’ve put together a list of 13 things you need to know about the American members in the 27 Club.

Congratulations to our music reference editors. They just finished the AmeriGrove page proofs – all 5,395 pages and 23.5 inches of them.

The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition (Editor-in-chief: Charles Hiroshi Garrett) provides extensive and detailed coverage of music and music-making in the United States, including both Americans and selected foreign musicians whose careers have had an impact on music in America, with special attention to Canadian and Latin American figures, as well as Americans working abroad. It’s really big too. Go Grove!


Excited about AmeriGrove? Watch the conversation unfold as of Deane Root, the Editor in Chief for Grove Music Online, sits down with the Editor in Chief for the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.), Charles Hiroshi Garrett. And don’t forget to sample free articles from Grove, including “Women in Music” and “Television Music.”