University of Alaska PRESS

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8.5 x 11, sheet music, b & w photographs, bibliography, index

Format: spiral

Price: $35.95


Music of the Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush

Songs and History

by Murray, Jean A.

"Packed with more than 100 songs from the era that pushed Alaska into the nation's consciousness." (Senior Voice)

"Murray has laboriously and lovingly compiled a wonderful book that recreates the musical interludes of the Gold Rush era." (Juneau Empire)

"A benchmark publication for the history of American music and highly recommended." (Bookwatch)

"The author has not only assembled a rich and intriguing collection of period tunes and lyrics, but rounded out the collection with reproductions of sheet music, posters, illustrations, and other graphics relating to the music. A charming accompaniment for fans of the era." (Bloomsbury Review)

The gritty lives of goldrush prospectors were also pervaded with music, from rowdy tunes that sent their boots stomping in dance halls to mournful laments for distant homes. Murray's book brings those sounds to life with sheet music for over 100 authentic goldrush songs, reproductions of lovely sheet music, commentary on musicians and songwriters, and a historical introduction to the people and events of the time.

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