By Mark Pedelty
On the coast of Washington and British Columbia sit down the misty forests and towering mountains of Cascadia. With archipelagos surrounding its seashores and tidal surges of the Salish Sea trundling throughout the inside, this bioregion has lengthy attracted loggers, fishing fleets, and land builders, every one iteration looking successively more durable to arrive assets as old-growth stands, salmon shares, and different common endowments are depleted. along encroaching builders and industrialists is the presence of a wealthy environmental stream that has traditionally equipped neighborhood via musical activism. From the Wobblies’ Little pink Songbook (1909) to Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs (1941) on via to the Raging Grannies’ formation in 1987, Cascadia's ecology has encouraged legions of songwriters and musicians to suggest for upkeep via music.
In this booklet, Mark Pedelty explores Cascadia's shiny eco-musical group in an effort to know how environmentalist song imagines, and maybe even creates, a extra sustainable notion of position. Highlighting the track and environmental paintings of such quite a few teams as Dana Lyons, the Raging Grannies, Idle not more, Towers and bushes, and Irthlingz, between others, Pedelty examines the divergent strategies—musical, organizational, and technological—used through every one musical workforce to arrive assorted audiences and to mobilize motion. He concludes with a dialogue of "applied ecomusicology," contemplating methods this ebook could be of use to activists and musicians on the neighborhood level.
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A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Music, Nature, Place) by Mark Pedelty