David is the author and editor of ten books, an oral historian, and a biographer in print, radio, and podcast. For the last thirty years, he has documented the work of Pete Seeger, resulting in How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger, published by McGraw Hill in 1981 and revised, updated, and republished by Villard/Random House, 2008.
Author of a nine volumes of history and biography, Dunaway's specialty is the presentation of folklore, literature, and history via broadcasting. He's been active in radio since 1972, but over the last dozen years he has been Executive Producer of award-winning national radio series for Public Radio International, including “Writing the Southwest” (1995); “Aldous Huxley's Brave New Worlds” (1998); “Across the Tracks: A Route 66 Story” (2001); and Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? (2008). He is currently a DJ for KUNM-FM and a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Department of English Language and Literature
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
How Can I Keep From Singing?: The Ballad of Pete Seeger
"This biography is a beauty. It captures not only the life of the bard but the world of which he sings."
~ Studs Terkel
"An extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man... [that] will intrigue not only his legions of followers but everyone interested in one man's battles and victories."
~ Chicago Sun Times
"A fine and meticulous biography . . . Dunaway has taken [Seeger's] materials and woven them into a detailed, interesting, and well-written narrative of a most fascinating life."
~ American Music
"We boldly recommend David King Dunaway's biography of Pete Seeger."
Writing The Southwest
"Much more than an ordinary compilation. . . . A vivid composite of the region's best-known writers, Writing the Southwest is an excellent sampling of unique viewpoints and deep roots."
~ Publishers Weekly
"The writers included here . . . represent the vital ethnic mixture of the Southwest past and present. . . . For modern literature students, as well as those who are curious about the backgrounds of some of their favorite writers, this is a good choice."
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Books and Audio Productions
The Glassers Project
glassers – (noun) – /glä – sirs/ those who carry a lens between them and the world
We have been working on a new documentary series. It's called Four Eyes: The Pain and Joy of Wearing Glasses - How lens-wearers share a common, significant experience.
Glasses are joked about in many film and television shows, with everyone from Sean Connery to Marilyn Monroe.
They Live (1988)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
The World is not Enough (1999)
The Jerk (1979)
National Treasure (2004)
Perry Mason - Case of the Slandered Submarine (1960)
The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963)
BEA Best of Festival - Faculty Audio Winner
David Dunaway Receives VOX Populi Award!
Dr. Dunaway with Stetson Kennedy at the 2010 OHA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Dunaway was the first recipient of the Oral History Associations’ Vox Populi (“Voice of the People”) Award, given by renowned author/investigative historian Stetson Kennedy at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association in Atlanta.
ABOUT THE VOX POPULI AWARD
The intent of the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award is to stimulate, and give recognition to, collections of oral histories taken from individuals who have devoted much of their lives to activism designed to bring about change for a more democratic, just, peaceful, and harmonious world. In choosing Dr. Dunaway the Committee recognized not only his body of work over the years, but the singularity of documenting social protest in folksong through “How Can I Keep From Singing and Singing Out: An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals”. Mr. Kennedy -- who made the presentation -- is the only living subject of a Woody Guthrie song.
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A Route 66 Companion (University of Texas Press, 2012))
Even before there was a road, there was a route. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the old Santa Fe trace—all led across the Great Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California. America’s insatiable westering urge culminated in Route 66, the highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Opened in 1926, Route 66 became the quintessential American road. It offered the chance for freedom and a better life, whether you were down-and-out Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl in the 1930s or cool guys cruising in a Corvette in the 1960s.
A Route 66 Companion gathers fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral history. From accounts of pioneering trips across the western plains to a sci-fi fantasy of traveling Route 66 in a rocket, here are stories that explore the mystique of the open road, told by master storytellers ranging from Washington Irving to Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Leslie Marmon Silko, and John Steinbeck. Interspersed among them are reminiscences that, for the first time, honor the varied cultures—Native American, Mexican American, and African American, as well as Anglo. So put the top down, set the cruise control, and “make that California trip” with A Route 66 Companion.
A Route 66 Companion (paperback, autographed) - $19.95 + S&H
A Pete Seeger Discography (Scarecrow Press, 2010))
Pete Seeger is one of the most recorded artists in American history, and his recording catalog tells us not just the story of his career but the story of our culture and its political and social history. A Pete Seeger Discography: Seventy Years of Recordings is a comprehensive listing of the 45s, 78s, LPs, and CDs recorded by Seeger in his various incarnations: with the Almanac Singers, with the Weavers, as a solo artist, and with other musicians and contributors. David King Dunaway provides information, with easy to use cross-references, on rare recordings and archival collections.
The recordings are organized chronologically and categorized by albums, singles, private pressings, and foreign releases. Readers can easily cross-reference through album and song title indexes and a contributing artist index. A photospread with more than 30 of Seeger's album covers convey a pictorial recording history of this well-loved artist.
The authors gratefully acknowledge Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, for their funding assistance in preparing this discography.
A Pete Seeger Discography (book, autographed) - $49.95 + $4.25 S&H
A Review of "Singing Out" in the Journal of Music
In the August/September 2010 issue of The Journal of Music, Peter Rosser reviews my book, coauthored with Molly Beer, Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals. An excerpt from the review reads, "...Dunaway, in an important and excellent new book, co-authored with Molly Beer, has uncovered the true life of folk music in North America as it progressed through the world-altering twentieth century."
Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Intimate, anecdotal, and spellbinding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music. Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of the folk revival movement. The narrators include many of the major folk revival figures, including Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, and Holly Near.
For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish. With extensive notes, a bibliography and discography, plus an attractive photo section.
Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals Hardcover edition - $27.95 + $4.25 S&H
Paperback edition - $18.95 + $3.00 S&H
How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Villard/Random House, 2008)
For those interested in epic music biographies, political activism, and the folk music revival--or anyone looking for a truly American story, Seeger's biography reveals how the son of a respectable Puritan family became a consummate performer and American rebel. Updated with new research and interviews, unpublished photographs, and thoughtful comments from Pete Seeger himself, How Can I Keep From Singing? is an inside history of a man whom Carl Sandburg called “America’s Tuning Fork.” In this award-winning biography, the only work on Seeger, David Dunaway parts the curtain through hundreds of interviews with Pete, his family, friends, and fellow musicians to present a compelling portrait of a most remarkable performer, composer, and activist.
Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Book) - $19.95 + $2.50 S&H
(Paperback Book) First edition, McGraw Hill, collectors edition: $25.00 (autographed)
Huxley in Hollywood (Harper Collins, 1990.)
Sensational and startling, this is the unforgettable story of the brilliant English novelist's life in Hollywood, where he worked as a screenwriter during its Golden Age and his experiments with alternate health and psychedelics.
Huxley's American biographer reveals the story behind the origin of Citizen Kane and other terrific Hollywood tales from an expatriate film community that included Thomas Mann, Gretta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, and Christopher Isherwood. Drawn from hundreds of original interviews and written over five years of research, Dunaway's award winning biography was also presented via radio (see below).
Huxley in Hollywood. Hardcover first ed.(autographed) - $24.50 plus $4.00 S&H
Paperback edition $14.95 plus S&H
Dunaway brings a well-crafted account of the prolific Huxley's American years using oral histories with Huxley's family and friends, his FBI files, and little-known scripts of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.
Learn how the first novelist of human cloning had a second act in America.
Writing the Southwest (Plume, 1995. University of New Mexico Press, 2003.)
by David Dunaway and Sara Spurgeon. (Book plus CD combination) See below for copies of the 13 part radio series.
This assemblage of interviews, bibliographies, excerpts, and criticism on fourteen of the Southwest's most important authors has been updated and expanded.
The exclusive 74-minute compact disc accompanying the book provides excerpts from the authors discussing and reading from their work.
Writing the Southwest. First edition (1997)(limited availability, autographed) - $20.00 plus $3.00 S&H.
Second edition - (2003-4) (autographed) $20.00 plus $3.00 S&H.
Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (American Association for State and Local History, 1984; AltaMira,1996)
by David K. Dunaway and Willa K. Baum, collects classic articles by some of the best-known proponents of oral history, demonstrating the basic applications of oral history, while also acting as a guidebook for how to use it in research.
Among the historians included are these: Sandro Portelli, Ron Grele, Barbara Tuchman, Alex Haley, and many others. For librarians, writers, producers, interviewers, and everyone interested in learning and using oral writing.
• Traces the origins of oral history in the United States.
• Reviews the approaches to oral history used by folklorists, historians, anthropologists, and librarians, among others.
• Addresses the applications of oral history for family, regional, and ethnic historians and internationally, oral history in Latin America, Europe, Britain, and the Caribbean.
Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. Paperback - $29.95 plus $5.00 S&H
Hardcover - $45.00 plus $5.00 S&H
Autographs and dedications available on request.
Across the Tracks: A Route 66 Story tells the fascinating, hidden story of America's Mother Road, over 85 years old. Meet Ry Cooder, musical star, a rocket scientist on Route 66, and hundreds of other everyday heroes on America's most famous road: excerpts of old radio, films, period music, and original interviews (3 hours).
Follow America's Main Street from Chicago to Los Angeles, traveling through history or literature, meeting the people and places that make Route 66 one of the world's great roads.
Across the Tracks: A Route 66 Story.
3-CD set - $19.95 + $4.00 S&H
3-Cassette set - $9.00 plus $4.00 S&H
Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing?:The Ballad of Pete Seeger (2008) reveals an inside history of American folk music’s most famous and controversial performer in three, one-hour documentaries with music and historic audio, heard on PRI stations from coast-to-coast. A companion to the print biography by Professor Dunaway, How Can I Keep From Singing?
• Program I: Origins: How did a Harvard-educated boy become a radical, hitchhiking, banjo-playing, political activist? Program I explores Seeger’s youth and America’s folk revival of the 1930s and ‘40s.
• Program II: Folk Songs and Ballads: This program evokes the exciting folk music revival of the 1950s and ‘60s and the role Seeger played in it. It presents Seeger's dramatic struggle to make his voice heard despite blacklists and congressional investigations.
• Program III: Topical and Protest Songs: America’s tradition of singing out for social change, and how the music of the Civil Rights, anti-war, and environmental movements galvanized Seeger’s life.
Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? 3-CD set - $19.95 plus $4.00 S&H
Or purchase the complete set as an Mp3 download from CDBaby.com. Note: Pressing this button will take you to a new page at cdbaby.com. Once there, be sure to select the "add Mp3 to cart" button.
Writing the Southwest (1998)
Narrated by famed author Rudolfo Anaya, this series of half-hour radio documentaries opens this dynamic region to visitors through interviews and readings from its most prominent authors.
Those included are:
• Edward Abbey
• Denise Chavez
• Joy Harjo
• Tony Hillerman
• Barbara Kingsolver
• Terry McMillan
• Linda Hogan
• John Nichols
• Simon Ortiz
• Alberto Rios
• Stan Steiner
• Luci Tapahonso
• Frank Waters
Writing the Southwest.
13 part series on 7 cassettes - $39.95 plus $7.00 S&H.
4 CD set, 13 programs - $49.95 + $7.00 S&H.
Aldous Huxley: Brave New Worlds (1996)
Dunaway brings us the voices behind Huxley's prolific American years, using interviews with Huxley's family and friends, radio drama, his FBI files, and little-known scripts of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Huxley's visions of our future include the first novel on human cloning, Brave New World, and The Doors of Perception, after which the rock group "The Doors" was named.
Aldous Huxley: Brave New Worlds. 2 half-hour programs on CD -- $12 + $4 S&H.