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Thread #162886 Message #3879773
Posted By: Jack Campin
02-Oct-17 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: Urban Ballads
Subject: RE: Urban Ballads
Roy Palmer specialized in this - look at his books.
I have a bunch from Edinburgh on my website - http://www.campin.me.uk .
Nigel Gatherer's "Songs and Ballads of Dundee" should be of interest. Also Jimmy Crowley's "Songs from the Beautiful City", about Cork. For Paris, look at P. Barbier and F. Vernillat, "Histoire de France pas les Chansons" - it's enormous and a real eye-opener about bits of history you'll never have thought about. There are also a fair few Yiddish songs, like "7:40" and "Kyever Tramvay" (both about Jewish workers commuting in the Ukraine).
Ther are probably a shitload of songs in a zillion languages that exactly fit your remit from 19th century New York and Chicago, but I don't know of any really thorough collections.
What's a twonj?