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American Negro Songs: 230 Folk Songs and Spirituals, Religious and Secular

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From joyous gospel to deeply felt blues, this wonderful collection contains vintage songs sung and played through the years by black Americans — at work, in church, and for pure entertainment. Included are spirituals, blues, work songs, and a variety of social and dance songs.
This important volume was originally compiled in 1940 by Dr. John W. Work, the noted musicologist
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 17th 1998 by Dover Publications (first published December 12th 1988)
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Jeremy Brown
May 19, 2013 Jeremy Brown rated it really liked it
A brief, informative read. Confirms a lot of what contemporary American ethnomusic. books tend to focus on. Interesting breakdown of musical styles, and connections between them.

A large resource of traditional African American songs fills more than half the pages of the book. Ted Gioia called this a must read, and I can see why. Any student and/or creator of American music will find a foundation to further research here.
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