roots music


Definition of roots music

: folk music The Lomaxes' efforts to popularize representatives from folk culture added an element that became central to the folk music revival of the thirties and to every burst of interest in roots music since then—an impression of authenticity. — Kathleen Franz and Susan Smulyan, eds., Major Problems in American Popular Culture, 2001

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Roots music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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