Hear My Sad Story

Hear My Sad Story
Author : Richard Polenberg
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Total Pages : 304
Release : 2015-12-07
ISBN 10 : 9781501701481
ISBN 13 : 1501701487
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these folk songs, and they gave me the code for everything that's fair game, that everything belongs to everyone." 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 account 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 with the dark but terribly familiar side of American history. On Christmas 1895 in St. Louis, an African American man named Lee Shelton, whose nickname was "Stack Lee," shot and killed William Lyons in a dispute over seventy-five cents and a hat. Shelton was sent to prison until 1911, committed another murder upon his release, and died in a prison hospital in 1912. Even during his lifetime, songs were being written about Shelton, and eventually 450 versions of his story would be recorded. As the song—you may know Shelton as Stagolee or Stagger Lee—was shared and adapted, the emotions of the time were preserved, but the fact that the songs described real people, real lives, often fell by the wayside. Polenberg returns us to the men and women who, in song, became legends. The lyrics serve as valuable historical sources, providing important information about what had happened, why, and what it all meant. More important, they reflect the character of American life and the pathos elicited by the musical memory of these common and troubled lives.

Hear My Sad Story
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Richard Polenberg
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-12-07 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back
United States Army Aviation Digest
Language: en
Pages:
Authors:
Categories: Aeronautics
Type: BOOK - Published: 1967 - Publisher:

The Hidden Lamp
Language: en
Pages: 440
Authors: Zenshin Florence Caplow
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-21 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book bring
The Complete Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Illustrated): Over 120 Short Stories Including Rare Sketches From Magazines of the Renowned American Author of
Language: en
Pages: 615
Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-27 - Publisher: e-artnow

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed tab
Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song
Language: en
Pages: 338
Authors: William A. Owens
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-05-18 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

Texas, the 1930s—the years of the Great Depression. It was the Texas of great men: Dobie, Bedichek, Webb, the young Américo Paredes. And it was the Texas of
Ashburner's new Vocal ... Repository; ... interspersed with a variety of comic stories ... selected ... (with many originals) by Queery Queerum, Esq
Language: en
Pages: 216
THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE (Illustrated)
Language: en
Pages: 615
Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Categories: Juvenile Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-07 - Publisher: e-artnow

This carefully edited collection of "THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE (Illustrated)” has been designed and formatted to the highest digital s
The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Essays, Letters and Memoirs (Illustrated Edition)
Language: en
Pages: 4700
Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-27 - Publisher: e-artnow

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Essays, Letters and Memoirs (Illustrated Edition)" is f
If These Walls Could Talk: Seattle Seahawks
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Dave Wyman
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-29 - Publisher: Triumph Books

The Seattle Seahawks are perennial contenders, with ten division titles, three conference championships, and, of course, a Super Bowl title to show for it. Dave
Père La Chaise; or, the Confessor: a Tale of the Times. Edited [or rather written] by G. Stephens
Language: en
Pages: