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Author Name:    HUNTINGTON, Gale.

Title:   Songs the Whalemen Sang. Third Edition

Publisher:    Mystic Seaport, Mystic. CT), 2005, ISBN:0939511096 

Seller ID:   86520

HUNTINGTON, Gale. Songs the Whalemen Sang. Foreword by Rick Spencer. (Mystic. CT) : Mystic Seaport, (2005). Third Edition. Pp [i]-xi,(11),1-328,(10). Illustrated. Index. Large 8vo, illustrated pale blue card covers. "For morethan two hundred years whaling was one of the greatest industries of New E ngland. But whaling was more than a business; it represented the highest order of adventure-excitement, danger, hope of financial gain, and heartbreak. The songs whalemen sang reflected these feelings and experiences. They were, in effect, a record of life on board a whaling ship. This work is one of the largest collections of ballads and songs traditionally sung by the seamen. It contains over 175 songs, with music provided for most of them. There are songs of storm, shipwrectk, love, tragedy, and death; gospel, parlor, bawdy songs, and more! The author's introduction details the history of whaling and discusses how and why these songs were recorded. In addition, hegives complete histories of the songs; relates the events the ballads cele brate; gives variants; and defines whaling expressions. This is an essential book for ballad students, folklorists, historians, and seamen. Folk singers will especially welcome this rich source of material. And general readers will delight in these adventurous tunes and their tales of love, the sea,and the ship. First published in 1964, Songs the Whalemen Sang is now reis sued by Mystic Seaport." - from the back cover. Very good to fine. 12.50


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