America Over the Water

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SAF Publishing Ltd, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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Renowned English folk singer, Shirley Collins, met the famous American musical historian and folklorist, Alan Lomax at a party hosted by Ewan MacColl. In this highly personal and heart-rending account, she describes her year-long stint as Lomax’s assistant and lover, and their diligent work uncovering the traditional music of America’s heartland.

The result is a finely woven tapestry of one woman’s journey, both emotional and musical, and her discovery of a world of beauty and dignity, as well as deprivation and prejudice, amongst the folk musicians across the water in America.

 

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Contents

Contents
8
The Beginning
13
Leaving Home London 1953
15
The Voyage Out
29
Hastings 1935The Family
34
The Train to California
39
Hastings The War Years
44
California to New York
49
Alabama
112
Hastings 1950 Bobby Sox
119
Mississippi
121
Hastings 1950 The Flicks
140
Arkansas
143
Hastings 1951 Words words words
163
Georgia Sea Island of St Simons
165
Hastings 1952 Getting Closer
175

Hastings Doodlebug Days
62
Virginia
68
Hastings Substandard
84
Kentucky
86
Hastings 1947 Home Life
98
In Search of the Memphis Jug Band 1959
103
PostWar Hastings 1948
109
The Ending
178
Appendices
190
Discography of 1959 Recordings
192
Recording Logs
195
Index 188
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