Doo-dah!: Stephen Foster And The Rise Of American Popular Culture

  • Comments:  New, light wear
  • Original Price:  18.50
  • Author:  Ken Emerson
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press ed edition (August 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306808528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds [PS4772]


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Stephen Foster (1826–1864) was America’s first great songwriter and the first to earn his living solely through his music. He composed some 200 songs, including such classics as “Oh! Susanna,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swanee River),” and “Camptown Races (Doo-dah! Doo-dah!).” He virtually invented popular music as we recognize it to this day, yet he died at age thirty-seven, a forgotten and nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery.


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