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IU Northwest Professor Publishes Book on Folk Music and American Society

To celebrate the recent release of Rainbow Quest: Folk Music and American Society, 1940-1970 by Ronald Cohen, Ph.D., professor of history at IU Northwest, a book signing party will be held at the IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art in the Savannah Center on Nov. 20 from 5-7 p.m.

The book signing is part of an exhibit in the gallery displaying a fraction of Cohenís personal collection of folk music memorabilia. The display will open to the public from Nov. 4 to Dec. 13.

Rainbow Quest is a comprehensive look at folk and grassroots performers. It also focuses on the infrastructure of the business, the history surrounding it and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the folk music world.

With the recent popularity of the movie ďO, Brother Where Art Thou,Ē folk and grassroots music has begun to experience something of a renaissance. In 2001, Cohenís Best of Broadside CD box set was nominated for a Grammy.

"The movie revealed that there is a large audience for this music," Cohen said.

The book is Cohen's second monograph, the first being his 1990 release of Children of the Mill. Both books will be available for purchase during the book signing party.

Interested buyers can also find Cohenís work at and For more information, please contact Ronald Cohen at 219-980-6661.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Kim Kintz

Ron Cohen
Dept. of History

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