This book revisits the times and career of the Weavers, known in the 1950s as “America’s best-loved folksingers,” for having earned four platinum records and for being the first group to be blacklisted by a New York nightclub, according to Variety. In Wasn’t That A Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America, Jesse Jarnow sheds new light on the quartet’s dramatic career using fresh sources and recent interviews, although he shortchanges its musical genius.

In the twentieth century, there were three folk music revivals, with the Weavers linking the first and second. The first took place in the...

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