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Help: depression folk music

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GUEST,elizabeth 10 Apr 01 - 04:18 PM
Amergin 10 Apr 01 - 04:26 PM
Jim Krause 10 Apr 01 - 04:32 PM
Mark Clark 10 Apr 01 - 04:33 PM
wysiwyg 10 Apr 01 - 04:39 PM
mousethief 10 Apr 01 - 04:59 PM
GUEST,elizabeth 10 Apr 01 - 05:04 PM
mousethief 10 Apr 01 - 05:13 PM
GUEST,#1 10 Apr 01 - 06:35 PM
thosp 10 Apr 01 - 06:39 PM
thosp 10 Apr 01 - 06:47 PM
Mark Clark 10 Apr 01 - 06:51 PM
GUEST,#1 10 Apr 01 - 06:51 PM
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Subject: Help: depression folk music
From: GUEST,elizabeth
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:18 PM

i don't know much about folk or blues music, but I'm a high school student and I'm supposed to research folk music and the depression. Could someone help me out by maybe giving me a couple of artists/ songs to get me started on my research? Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: Amergin
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:26 PM

Woody Guthrie and his Dust Bowl Ballad songs are good ones to listen too....


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: Jim Krause
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:32 PM

The New Lost City Ramblers recorded a fairly extensive catalogue of folk songs and blues about the Great Depression. Woody Guthrie also recorded a record called Dustbowl Ballads.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: Mark Clark
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:33 PM

Elizabeth, Amergin just gave you a wonderful album to look for. You can also find quite a few by going to the top of this very page and typing @political @depression @poverty @prohibition @work and maybe @talkingblues into the text box under the words "DigiTrad Lyrics Search." Many such songs have been contributed to the Digital Tradition data base by a great many folk not unlike yourself.

Good luck,

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:39 PM

Hey, love to see the project here at Mudcat, when you are done!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: mousethief
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 04:59 PM

Another depression-era folk musician who had a great impact (especially on post-ww2 recording) was Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.

"Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs" is probably as good a place as any to start.

alex


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: GUEST,elizabeth
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 05:04 PM

Thanks a lot guys-- I've looked up some of the stuff you gave me and it's really helpful.


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: mousethief
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 05:13 PM

The kinda weird thing about folk music and the depression --this post is all about the musical scene in the USA, as I am not qualified to discuss any other (yet)-- is that folk music was really an also-ran in the music industry of the time (much like it is today). What was all the rage was JAZZ, which was grabbing all the headlines and taking over the nascent airwaves. The great period of omnirecording -- during which a ton of "folk" and "race" music got recorded -- ended in about 1929, and most of the down-homier recording artists of that era had already gone back to manual labor or other non-musical careers. (Only to be rediscovered (or at least some of them) in the 1950s and 1960s by the "folk renaissance" movement.)

As jazz was taking over pop music, rural white music (for want of a better term) was evolving into what would eventually be called "Country and Western" -- and both rural and urban non-jazz "race" music (a euphemism for music by blacks) was evolving into what would eventually be called "Rhythm and Blues."

It was a time of great change in "folk" music, at least in the United States of America, and a fascinating period to study.

A good history of the blues, and one of early country music, would be among your best choices for research material here.

Do let us know how your project turns out. Good luck!

Alex


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: GUEST,#1
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:35 PM

There wasn't much to sing about! And it's hard to do on an empty stomach.


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: thosp
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:39 PM

hard times come again no more(early american rural songs of hard times and hardships)on the yazoo label-try this blueclicketything and The great depression (american music in the '30 s)on columbia label (although this is blues and big band,mostly)anyway try this blueclicketything if you intend to get some of these cd's you might try dick at this blueclicketything so good luck!

peace (Y) thosp


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: thosp
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:47 PM

oh well - one out of three ain't good
go to amazon.com music search search and enter - the great depression - in the title box that is the blues/big band cd
and try dick at this blueclicketything
( i get lazy with aol shortcuts on links)

font face=fantasy,times new roman,arial color=blue size=4>peace (Y) thosp


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: Mark Clark
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:51 PM

From the popular music of the time don't forget:

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
I've Got Plenty Of Nothin' (And Nothin's Plenty For Me)

These and many more, I'm sure, were well know tunes, not just obscure folk songs.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: GUEST,#1
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:51 PM

Search this forum for 'WPA folk song collections' for thouands of folk songs collected during the depression. But for the others one needed to be rich, so one could buy a radio or phonograph.


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Subject: RE: Help: depression folk music
From: Tiger
Date: 12 Apr 01 - 07:42 AM

Another good title is:

"Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People"
Compiled by Alan Lomax
Notes on the songs by Woody Guthrie
Music transcribed and edited by Pete Seeger
c1967, Oak Publications, New York

There is a foreward by John Steinbeck


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