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Thread #5124 Message #29124
Posted By: Axe
24-May-98 - 07:07 AM
Thread Name: REQ/HELP African-American Railroad Work Songs
Subject: RE: REQ/HELP African-American Railroad Work Songs
Try Alan Lomax's "The Land Where the Blues Began", ISBN: 0-385-31285-7. Chapter 4, entitled Lonesome Whistles, is about the steamboats and railroads in the Delta. There are some lyrics for both and numerous interviews musicians and workers. There is a fairly recent release of Lomax's recordings that he made during these days; I'm not sure of the label (possibly Smithsonian-Folkways), but it may have some of these songs. I highly recommend the book.