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I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles

Ron Pen

Abstract

Louisville native John Jacob Niles (1892–1980) is considered to be one of America's most influential musicians. As a composer and balladeer, Niles drew inspiration from the deep well of traditional Appalachian and African American folk songs. At the age of 16 Niles wrote one of his most enduring tunes, “Go 'Way from My Window,” basing it on a song fragment from a black farm worker. This iconic song has been performed by folk artists ever since and may even have inspired the opening line of Bob Dylan's “It Ain't Me Babe.” This book offers a rich portrait of the musician's character and career. ... More

Keywords: John Jacob Niles, composer, balladeer, folk songs, African American, music, musician

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125978
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ron Pen, author