New Weird America

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New Weird America is 21st century music derived mainly from psychedelic rock and folk groups of the 1960s and 1970s, including American performers Holy Modal Rounders and English and Scottish groups, such as Pentangle, The Incredible String Band, Donovan and Comus.[1]


The term is generally believed to have been coined by David Keenan in the August 2003 issue of The Wire, following the Brattleboro Free Folk Festival organized by Matt Valentine and Ron J. Schneiderman.[2][3][4][5][6][1] It is a play on Greil Marcus's phrase "Old Weird America" as described in his book Invisible Republic, which deals with the lineage connecting the pre-World War II folk performers on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music [7] to Bob Dylan and his milieu. [8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g James Rutledge (2004-11-05). "Joanna Newsom and the New Weird America". BBC. Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  2. ^ Chris Dodge (March–April 2004). "Folk Music's New Genre Benders". Utne Reader. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. ^ Amanda Petrusich (25 August 2008). "It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  4. ^ Maddox, David (2004-12-02). "Entrance's archival sound serves resistance, not historical re-creation". Arts. Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  5. ^ Gross, Joe (2005-10-27). "Weird as folk". Austin American-Statesman.
  6. ^ Hart, Ron (2007). "Sunburned Hand of the Man, "Fire Escape"". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  7. ^ "Lady of Carlisle" and the New, Weird America-Sing Out!
  8. ^ Greil Marcus-The Old, Weird America (Excerpt)-Genius
  9. ^ a b c "The new weird generation". Notes on Metamodernism. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  10. ^ Devendra Banhart art exhibition opens in LA-AXS