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O Brother, Here Thou Art.

Back in the 1970's, when I was a quiet and bookish middle school kid, I brought this collection, titled "Negro Prison Songs," home from the public library (where I also discovered John Cage for the first time, but that'll be another review). For a white country boy, this music *stirred* me. The song "Rosie" has stayed in my mind for thirty years - I first came to understand *longing* through this song. These are chants from the meat of the heart, making the singer a free man for the time he sings. Forget Johnny Cash. Forget Biggie and Tupac. Here is real music that breaks the chains of the imprisoned soul from men who *really* knew prison life.

Historical Recordings...

Just incredible. "Early in the Mornin'" gives me goose bumps everytime... There's nothing more to's just great

What Could The Kids Today Could Learn

I've always felt that the only music worth listening to was music borne of pain, longing, and hope. This music like that of Leadbelly, Josh White and many other "bluesmen". contains all three elements of what I consider great music. Imagine having been borne into a life of despair with no hope of anything changing for the better. That's what this music represents. Yet at the same time there also exists a glimmer of hope for the future if not here then in another existence. I only wish the kids today who gripe and whine about their trifling disappointments could hear and better yet grasp the meaning of "hard times" as can be heard in these songs.


Born: January 15, 1915 in Austin, TX

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few figures deserve greater credit for the preservation of America's folk music traditions than Alan Lomax. Scouring the backroads, honky tonks, and work camps of the Deep South, he unearthed a treasure trove of songs and singers, documenting the music of the common man for future generations to discover; through Lomax's pioneering efforts, cultural traditions ranging from the Delta blues to Appalachian folk to field hollers continue to live on, with his invaluable recordings offering a compelling...
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