"[This ebook] is a contribution of substantial substance since it takes a holistic view of the sphere of people track and the scholarship that has handled it." ―Bruno Nettl
"... a praiseworthy blend of sturdy scholarship, penetrating dialogue, and worldwide relevance." ―Asian Folklore Studies
"... effectively ties the historical past and improvement of folks tune scholarship with modern suggestions, matters, and shifts, and which treats assorted people musics of the area cultures in the rubric of folklore and ethnomusicology with sophisticated generalizations making experience to critical minds... " ―Folklore Forum
"... [this publication] demanding situations many carefully-nurtured sacred cows. Bohlman has finished an highbrow problem of significant value through effectively organizing a welter of unruly information and concepts right into a unmarried, safely complicated yet coherent, system." ―Folk track Journal
Bohlman examines people tune as a style of folklore from a commonly cross-cultural standpoint and espouses a extra expansive view of folks song, stressing its power in non-Western cultures in addition to Western, within the current in addition to the past.