American Ballads and Folk Songs

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Dover Publ., 1934 - Music - 625 pages
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Music and lyrics for over 200 songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad Man Ballad, Jesse JamesDown in the Valley, The Bear in the HillShortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and many more.

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Contents

THE LEVIIE CAMP
45
CHAPTER
57
ll SONos FROM SOUTHERN CHAIN Gauss
58
NEGRO BAD
87
WHITE DESPERADOES
121
Soucs FROM THE MOUNTAINS
145
THE BLUES
189
CREOLE Nzcnorzs
213
COWBOY SONGS
373
SONGS OF THE OVERLANDERS
419
MINER
437
SHANTYBOY
443
ERIE CANAL
453
GREAT LAKES
475
SAILORS AND SEA FIGHTS
481
The Boston ComeAllYe
496

Foller de Drinkin Goud
227
Hard to Be a Nigger
233
XII
240
MINSTREL TYPES
249
BREAKDOWNS AND PLAY PARTIES
265
XIII
282
Soncs OF CHILDHOOD
301
caArIn PM
323
MISCELLANY
329
VAQUEROS OF THE SOUTHWEST
359
The Flying Cloud
504
Siege of Plattsburg
510
WARS AND Soumzns
519
WmrE SPIRITUALS
563
BIBLIOGRAPHY
614
INDEX
623
521
624
254
625
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Born in Austin, Texas, and educated at Harvard University, the University of Texas, and Columbia University, American folklorist Alan Lomax is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable folk-music scholars of the twentieth century. Lomax became interested in collecting and recording folk songs through the work of his father, John Avery Lomax, a curator at the Library of Congress and a pioneer in the field of folk music. After college, he toured prisons in the South, recording folk song performances for the Archive of American Song of the Library of Congress. During his travels, he met the great blues singer Huddie Ledbetter ("Leadbelly"). Lomax later became responsible for introducing radio audiences to a number of folk and blues artists, including Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives. Between 1951 and 1958, he traveled throughout Europe, recording hundreds of folk songs in England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain. His most important work is, perhaps, "The Folk Songs of North America" (1959). He also published a number of works with his father, including "American Ballads and Folk Songs" (1934) and "Folk Song: USA" (1946). In addition to his work with folk songs, Lomax was very interested in the historical and social origins of jazz, and he wrote a notable biography of the early jazzman Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton entitled "Mister Jelly Roll" (1950).

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