A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as by Mark Pedelty

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 beaches and tidal surges of the Salish Sea trundling during 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 ordinary endowments are depleted. along encroaching builders and industrialists is the presence of a wealthy environmental move that has traditionally outfitted neighborhood via musical activism. From the Wobblies’ Little crimson 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 recommend for renovation via music.

In this booklet, Mark Pedelty explores Cascadia's bright eco-musical neighborhood with a view to know how environmentalist song imagines, and maybe even creates, a extra sustainable belief of position. Highlighting the song and environmental paintings of such a variety of teams as Dana Lyons, the Raging Grannies, Idle not more, Towers and timber, and Irthlingz, between others, Pedelty examines the divergent strategies—musical, organizational, and technological—used through every one musical staff to arrive assorted audiences and to mobilize motion. He concludes with a dialogue of "applied ecomusicology," contemplating methods this ebook can be of use to activists and musicians on the group level.

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