Songs about Work

Songs about Work

Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/22/1993
Format: Paperback 12 b&w photos, 3 illus.
ISBN: 978-1-879-40704-6
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... an impressive collection... this book marks a milestone in the study of labor an occupational songs." —Journal of American Folklore

This is an important contribution to Ameican history, saluting those who built the country with their labor."—Come-All-Ye

The remembrances are sensitive and perceptive, the essays are insightful and thought-provoking... " —Sonneck Society Bulletin

These essays offer striking portraits of working environments where song arose in response to prevailing conditions. Included are the protest blues of African American levee workers, the corridos of Chicano farm workers, and the European songs of immigrant lumber workers in the Midwest.

Author Bio

ARCHIE GREEN was Professor of Folklore and English at the University of Texas, Austin. He was the author of numerous studies of laborlore.

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Table of Contents

Part I Remembrances

A Tribute to Dick Reuss
Judith McCulloh

Staking the Territory: Dick Reuss and the U.S., Protest-Political Song Tradition
David King Dunaway

Memories of Dick Reuss, Robbie Lieberman

A Conversation with Jo Reuss, Joyce L. Kornbluh

Goodnight Irene, Goodbye DIck
Archie Green

Part II

Joe Hill Incorporated: We Own Our Past
Lori Elaine Taylor

The Waterman Train Wreck": Tracking a Folksong in Deep East Texas
John Minton

The Southern Textile Song Tradition Reconsidered
Doug DeNatale and Glenn Hinson

The Gospel of Black Unionism
Brenda McCallum

Shack Bullies and Levee Contractors: Bluesmen as Ethnographers
John Cowley

An Icy Mountain Brook": Revival, Aestetics, and the "Coal Creek March"
Neil V. Rosenberg

John L. Handcox: "There Is Still Mean Things Happening"
Rebecca B. Schroeder and Donald M. Lance

Woody’s Oil Songs
Archie Green

Truth in Folksong: A Corridista’s View of Singing in the California Farm Workers’ Movement
Michael Heisley

Farm, Forest, and Factory: Songs of Midwestern Labor
James P. Leary and Richard March

The Brotherhood of Timber Workers and the Culture of Conflict
Jeff Ferrell

Fellow Worker Guy Askew: A Reminiscence
Richard Ellington

The Joe Hill Legend in Britain
Sam Richards

Worksongs: A Demonstration Collection of Examples
Norm Cohen