Folk Visions and Voices
Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia

Text, drawings, and paintings by Art Rosenbaum
Photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum
Musical transcriptions by Béla Foltin Jr.
Foreword by Pete Seeger

A tour of the rural music of North Georgia and its artisans


“The Rosenbaums have made a splendid contribution to our understanding of both southern culture and history.”
Georgia Historical Quarterly

“This book shows its editor in the roles of interviewer, interpreter of social-scientific data, annotator, discographer, and artist; he plays them all with great success. From the beginning of his artistic career, Rosenbaum has specialized in American folklife scenes. These paintings, depicting the lives and aspirations of the informants, give the collection an expressiveness we hardly meet in folksong books.”

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Sampling virtually all of the old-time styles within the musical traditions still extant in north Georgia, Folk Visions and Voices is a collection of eighty-two songs and instrumentals, enhanced by photographs, illustrations, biographical sketches of performers, and examples of their narratives, sermons, tales, and reminiscences.

Get the companion recordings from Smithsonian Folkways!
Folk Visions and Voices, Vol. 1
Folk Visions and Voices, Vol. 2

Page count: 260 pp.
50 b&w photos, 4 color illustrations
Trim size: 10.25 x 8.25

Read more about Georgia folklife at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Art Rosenbaum is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his MFA in painting at Columbia University and has a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. He is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, and in 2003 was a recipient of a Governor of Georgia’s Award in the Humanities. Margo Newmark Rosenbaum is a professional photographer. Béla Foltin Jr. is professor emeritus of Western Washington University Libraries.