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What's the Use of Walking If There's a Freight Train Going Your Way? Black Hoboes & Their Songs

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Another wonderful slice of history, political, cultural, and social history. Better yet, it comes illustrated with a CD, with 25 original recordings. Plus, of course, the work is full of the lyrics, art, and photographs of people, and their times.
288 pages
Published 2006 by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co.
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Benjamin
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blues
I love the blues and this book gets at it from a different angle than the usual "primitive, raw, authentic" thing. The authors use blues lyrics and interviews with country blues singers to draw a portrait of African-American working life from the 1870s to World War II. The Industrial Workers of the World were big in the hobo jungles and it's nice to have a connection between the blues and "the little red songbook" but the authors don't make mountains out of molehills -- what I mean is, there's n ...more
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