Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

Polka Heartland Why the Midwest Loves to Polka Polka Heartland captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture the polka and offers up the fascinating history of how oompah pah came to be the sound of middle America From the crowd

  • Title: Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka
  • Author: Rick March Dick Blau
  • ISBN: 9780870207228
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Polka Heartland captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture the polka and offers up the fascinating history of how oompah pah came to be the sound of middle America From the crowded dance tent at Pulaski Polka Days to an off the grid Mexican polka dance in small town Wisconsin, Polka Heartland explores the people, places, and history behind th Polka Heartland captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture the polka and offers up the fascinating history of how oompah pah came to be the sound of middle America From the crowded dance tent at Pulaski Polka Days to an off the grid Mexican polka dance in small town Wisconsin, Polka Heartland explores the people, places, and history behind the Midwest s favorite music.From polka s surprising origin story as a cutting edge European fad to an exploration of the modern day polka scene, author Rick March and photographer Dick Blau take readers on a joyful romp through this beloved, unique, and richly storied genre Polka Heartland describes the artists, venues, instruments, and music makers who have been pivotal to polka s popularity across the Midwest and offers six full color photo galleries to immerse readers in today s vibrant polka scene.

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    1. An insightful, passionate introduction to the history and cultural impact of polka in the midwest. As a transplant from Louisiana to Milwaukee, I was interested in learning about this music that seems like the more “unhip” cousin of Cajun and zydeco music (an unfair image -- as we learn in this book, polka is fun and liberating). I found myself drawn to March’s eloquent descriptions of local festivals and his broad knowledge base, which led me to discover some of the legends of American po [...]

    2. My Thoughts:This is amazing tribute to Polka music. It seems like my entire childhood was lived with Polka music playing in the backround. My mother's family is Polish on both her maternal and paternal sides. We listened to polka EVERYWERE. In the car, at family get togethers, on holidays, and Saurdays and Sundays. When we went out for fun we would always end up at some place playing Polka. I remember getting picked up from every Tuesday and Thursday by my grandmother who would have Polka blasti [...]

    3. I received this book via giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the peeps over at LibraryThing for my win, to Wisconsin Society Historical Press(that also sent me a catalog of other amazing books by them should I choose to order) and to Rick March and Dick Blau for putting together such a wonderful book. From the moment I received this book in the mail to now I can't stop going over it. I absolutely love it. Next to books I have an obsession for musicl kinds of music so it wa [...]

    4. I love Dance and anything I can read about the history of dance and the origins and different influences that exist is right up my alley. That being said, I still have a lot to learn as this book has shown me. I grew up in Texas dancing polkas. But they were Mexican-American/ Tejano polkas, with Texas-Germanic influences lol! I had no idea that another polka type existed in the Midwest, influenced mostly by Polish roots.This book is about that history and has beautiful photos as examples. It als [...]

    5. Very well organized. A beautiful hardcovered book with dust jacket and glossy, heavy weight paper. The author did a fine job with the history of the polka and he explained the dfferent types od polkas and the countries they came from. The Wisconsin polka seems to be alive and well, though the author thought it was slowing down as the older dancers and enthusiasts are also slowing down. I think this book will help remind people of the importance of ethnic community, social gatherings, the fun of [...]

    6. I received this book for free from First Reads in exchange for an honest reviewThis is a delightful, entertaining, informative read for anyone who loves Polka, or is simply curious to learn more. I enjoyed the photography that this book contained. It was well done, colorful, bright, and very enjoyable. This is a great book to add to anyone's collection.

    7. Perceptive and informative guide to upper-midwest old-time music. I have never read better explanations of the differences between concertinas and accordions, or between Bohemian and Dutchman-style bands. March is especially strong on the subtle musical details that characterize different traditions and players, maybe because he is a musician himself as well as a scholar.

    8. Beautiful book with great historical depth. This book includes the history of the polka mass. Very interesting how inflammatory this was within the Catholic church when first introduced.

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