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Hear My Sad Story : The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee", "John Henry", and Other Traditional
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"In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists. Those events, which took place from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts borne out of poverty and unbearable working conditions; and calamities such as railroad crashes, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. All of Polenberg's accounts of the songs in the book are grounded in historical fact and illuminate the social history of the times. Reading these tales of sorrow, misfortune, and regret puts us in touch withthe dark but terribly familiar side of American history."
Number of Pages: 293
Genre: Music, History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Folklore + Mythology, Genres + Styles / Folk + Traditional, United States / General
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
Author: Richard Polenberg
Street Date: November 3, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-6456
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