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Editor David Ensminger’s Mavericks of Sound is available from Rowman and Littlefield on Sept. 16th!

Writer David Ensminger's new book "Mavericks of Sound" released by Rowman and Littlefield

In Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music, music scholar David Ensminger offers a collection of vivid and compelling interviews with legendary roots rock and indie artists who bucked mainstream trends and have remained resilient in the face of enormous shifts in the music world. As the success of the concerts at Austin City Limits have revealed, the fan bases and crowds for indie and roots music often blur and overlap. In Mavericks of Sound, Ensminger brings to light the highways and byways trod by these music icons over the course of their careers and the ways in which their music-making has been affected by, and influenced, the burgeoning indie and roots music movements.

Ranging from seminal modern singer-songwriters to rockabilly renegades and indie rockers, Mavericks of Sound features a set of broad, penetrating, and insightful conversations imbued with a sense of musical history and heritage. Ensminger captures firsthand accounts from singer songwriters like Texas Country musician Tom Russell and first wave indie artist and folk rocker Peter Case; rockabilly artists Junior Brown and the Reverend Horton Heat; American indie rock icons such as 11th Dream Day’s Janet Bean, Pere Ubu’s Dave Thomas, Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider, and Swans members Michael Gira and Jarboe; English and New Zealand figures such as folk legend Richard Thompson, The Clean’s David Kilgour and The Waterboys’ Mike Scott; and folk, country and rock legends such as Merle Haggard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, and Yo La Tengo.

Mavericks of Sound is the perfect work for contemporary indie, roots, Americana, country, and folk music fans who want to understand the unique artistry and unbound passion behind America’s musical innovators that readily broke and remolded rules.

Editor David Ensminger’s book Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons, is available from PM Press on Dec. 2 2012!

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You have somehow stumbled upon the File Cabinet of Curiosities, a Vernacular Culture Compendium presented by the Conglomerated League of Folklore Inquirists, Affiliate No. 67, under charter of the International Committee for Folkloric Knowledge, Enhancement, and Preservation. This web site is part of our working annals, compiled meticulously by trained and untrained experts in the field who use, adapt, and modify a broad variety of ethnographic methods and tools, all under the generic rubric of folklore enterprising. It reflects our desire to collect, document,  observe, and interpret a wide and even obscure range of naive, self-taught, vernacular, raw, streetwise, and non-mass market objects, ceremonies, and foodways  … and that’s just the beginning.

All photos were taken by David Ensminger, unless otherwise noted, and fall under Creative Commons licensing. Please credit any use of photographic material to him.

The Site has a Board of Advisors dubbed the Directorate, a most esteemed, learned, and curious set of inquirists, culled from the 21st Century Congress of Folklorists, and is honored to include:

Daniel Wojcik: Ph. D, UCLA, ultimate-learned folklorist, captain, inquirist.

David Ensminger, MA, CCNY, and MS, University of Oregon, pen-ultimate folklore seeker and inquirist.

Rev. Julie Addis Ensminger, lay folklorist and inquirist in training.

Note: This same panel convened to monitor, investigate, and promulgate the Great Plastic Pumpkin Halloween Debate of 2007-2008, of which its final recommendations are still murky, at best. Great minds do not think alike. The motto for the panel remains intact: Folklore, anywhere, anytime, everywhere, all the time.

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