Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka is a barrel full of polka history and culture by polka radio host and folk music historian Richard March. This book captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture, the polka, and offers the history of how "oompah-pah" came to be the sound of middle America. Polka Heartland explores the people, places and history behind the Midwest's favorite music. You'll enjoy reading about the artists, venues, instruments and music-makers who have been pivotal to polka's popularity. Polka Heartland offers six full-color photo galleries by photographer Dick Blau to immerse readers in today's vibrant polka scene.
Author: Richard March
Photos by Dick Blau
Hardcover - 8 in. x 9 in.
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Author and folklorist Rick March has participated in the Midwest polka scene for more than three decades as a bandleader, sideman, deejay and writer. March is a preeminent scholar of Midwest music history and culture, with an emphasis on previously little-studied music traditions. He was the longtime host of "Down Home Dairyland" on Wisconsin Public Radio and a producer of polka CDs for Smithsonian Folkways. As the State Folklorist for Wisconsin from 1983 to 2009 based at the Wisconsin Arts Board, March organized festivals, exhibits and other educational programs in partnership with numerous Midwestern arts and cultural organizations.