Bright Leaf Spring Lecture, featuring Thomas Curren



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Please join the University of Massachusetts Press and Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a book talk from Thomas Curren, author of I Believe I’ll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music, which is out now from UMass Press’s Bright Leaf imprint.

Fueled by interviews with key players from the folk music scene, the book traces a direct line from Yankee revolutionaries, up-country dancers, and nineteenth-century pacifists to the emergence of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, ultimately landing at the period of the folk revival in the 1950s and 1960s. From Club 47 in Harvard Square to candlelit venues in Ipswich, Martha’s Vineyard, and Amherst, budding musicians and hopeful audiences alike embraced folk music, progressive ideals, and community as alternatives to an increasingly toxic consumer culture. Thomas S. Curren presents the richness and diversity of the New England folk tradition, which continues to provide perspective, inspiration, and healing in the present day.

Thomas Curren is chairman of the board of Folk New England and executive director of the Franklin Land Trust.

Register now to attend this great event! Copies of I Believe I’ll Go Back Home can be ordered through the Amherst Books page or purchased in store.