Type of site
|ibiblio digital library and archive|
|Created by||Roger McGuinn|
|Folk Den Songs licensed |
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 US
Folk Den is a folk music website founded in 1995 by Roger McGuinn, former front man of The Byrds. Hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's ibiblio, the site is intended to preserve and promote folk music and offers a new folk song on a monthly basis. Each posting provides an MP3 of a traditional folk song along with a descriptive paragraph, lyrics, guitar chords and related images. The site has received positive reviews from The New York Times, the Discovery Channel, and CNET.
A selection of songs from Folk Den, with guest vocalists, was released on CD as Treasures from the Folk Den, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Traditional Folk Album. In November 2005, McGuinn released a four-CD box set containing one hundred of his favorite songs from the Folk Den.
- Van der Vliet, Gina (December 21, 1996). "Roger McGuinn Brings Folk To The Net: Byrds Front Man Exposes New Generation To Genre". Billboard. 108 (51): 50.
- Swift, Glenn R. (December 2008). "On Stage: Roger McGuinn" (PDF). PBG Lifestyle Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
- Alarik, Scott (2003). Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground. Black Wolf Press. p. 327. ISBN 978-0-9720270-1-4.
- Brabazon, Tara (2008). Thinking Popular Culture: War, Terrorism and Writing. Ashgate Publishing. pp. 25–27. ISBN 978-0-7546-7529-7.
- McGuinn, Roger (2000). "Foreword". In Underhill, Rod; Gertler, Nat (eds.). The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3: Music on the Internet. Que. p. xiv. ISBN 978-0-7897-2036-8.
Interviews and reviews
- Edgers, Geoff (May 1998). "Folk Rock of Ages: Roger McQuinn's Web Site is an Experiment in Communal Musical Memory". Salon.com. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
- Mirapaul, Matthew (February 8, 1996). "Once Folk Music's Master Electrician, McGuinn Is Now Its On-Line Curator". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
- Musser, Jim (Sep–Oct 2001). "I Want to Preserve the Songs: A conversation with Roger McGuinn". No Depression (35). Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2011.