Folk America: Excellent BBC 3-part documentary tracing folk music from the '20s to the folk revival of the '60s, encompassing the depression and the civil rights era.
part 1: Birth of a Nation
This Land is Your Land
part 3: Blowin' in the Wind
(58:49) [more inside]
Desperate Man Blues
Edward Gillen's documentary about Joe Bussard, renowned collector of 25,000+ blues, folk and gospel 78rpm records from the 20s and 30s. It's about the hunt and the hunter, as much as what he found. One week only on Pitchfork TV [more inside]
Here is Uncle John Scruggs singing and playing Little Log Cabin Round the Lane
in RealAudio Dial Up
format. The dancing is great and I do like the walk-on kitten part, myself.
That's from the Center For Southern African-American Music Video Link Page
. Their audio link page
is a wonder, too with individual artists galore. But, for the real deal, check out the Various Artist
compilation album pages. Those may be 20 second of so mp3 clips but, still, those Yazoo, Document and Folkways albums are the bomb and there you get a taste of what they offer. And anywhere you can hear, for example, even a few bars of Blind Alfred Reed's How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live ?
or Estil C. Ball and Lacey Richardson's Trials, Troubles, Tribulations
rules in my world.
Made most popular to many Americans as the closing song for the Grand Ole Opry programs, Will The Circle Be Unbroken was written in 1907 by Ada Habershon, an intensely religious young woman and acquaintance of Dwight Moody
and Ira David Sankey
. The music was "composed" by Charles Gabriel
, a popular songwriter and composer of the era who is often solely credited with the song, but while he may have put the notes down on paper, the tune itself already existed as the African-American spiritual Glory Glory / Since I Laid My Burden Down. [lots more inside]