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Q&A with Michael Hayde, author of Hootenanny

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Q&A with Michael Hayde, author of Hootenanny, The Craze and Controversy of TV's Folk Music Series Q: Why did you choose to write about Hootenanny?A: Historically, it’s a misunderstood, neglected program. It was network TV’s first music show targeting young adults, and quickly became one of ABC’s biggest successes. Teens had American Bandstand, and the middle-agers and seniors had Sing Along with Mitch (Miller) and The Lawrence Welk Show, but if you were a young married couple or in college, folk music’s primary audience, you had to wait for its musicians to turn up on Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson or...

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