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]


  1. ^ a b James Rutledge (November 5, 2004). "Joanna Newsom and the New Weird America". BBC. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Chris Dodge (March–April 2004). "Folk Music's New Genre Benders". Utne Reader. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Amanda Petrusich (August 25, 2008). "It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Maddox, David (December 2, 2004). "Entrance's archival sound serves resistance, not historical re-creation". Arts. Nashville Scene. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Gross, Joe (October 27, 2005). "Weird as folk". Austin American-Statesman.
  6. ^ Hart, Ron (2007). "Sunburned Hand of the Man, "Fire Escape"". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  7. ^ "Lady of Carlisle" and the New, Weird America-Sing Out!
  8. ^ Greil Marcus-The Old, Weird America (Excerpt)-Genius