Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!
This week our five music recommendation are:
1. Every 100 Years: The Woody Guthrie Songbook by Woody Guthrie (Format: Print Book):
2012 would have been the 100th birthday of American singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie. To mark his extraordinary achievements in songwriting, we are releasing this souvenir centennial songbook. Woody Guthrie wrote over 3,000 songs in his lifetime, yet only 300 or so were ever recorded. At the invitation of Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, contemporary singer/songwriters have set music to Guthrie’s previously unpublished lyrics. Musicians such as Billy Bragg, Wilco, Dropkick Murphys, Jonatha Brooke, Jay Farrar, Tom Morello, Lou Reed, The Klezmatics, Hans-Eckardt Wenzel, Madeleine Peyroux, Janis Ian, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and Woody’s son, Arlo Guthrie, have shown us how timeless Woody’s words are. Every 100 Years is a compilation of 100 Woody Guthrie songs that run the gamut from work songs, love songs and union & protest songs, to topical songs and children’s songs. The book features his classics such as: This Land Is Your Land * Jesus Christ * Do Re Mi * Pretty Boy Floyd * Roll On Columbia * Pastures of Plenty * Deportee * Riding in My Car * and more, as well as hits from the next generation of Guthrie co-authors: California Stars * I’m Shippin’ Up to Boston * The Jolly Banker * Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key * Hoodoo Voodoo * Ease My Revolutionary Mind * Ingrid Bergman * My Peace * Mermaid’s Avenue * Happy Joyous Hanukkah * Every 100 Years * and many others. Includes a preface from Howie Richmond, founder of The Richmond Organization Guthrie’s publisher, as well as other commentary from friends, family, and Woody himself along with photos and facsimiles of Guthrie’s original drawings and hand-written lyrics.
2. Songs of Work And Protest: 100 Favorite Songs of American Works Complete With Music And Historical Notes by Edith Fowke & Joe Glazer (Format: Print Book):
No other form could capture the history of the labor movement better than the songs sung in times both bitter and courageous by coal miners and textile workers, railroad men and steelworkers, farmers, seamen, and cow-hands as they worked to supply the nation’s needs and as they worked to defeat political and industrial tyranny, child labor, hunger, poverty, and unemployment. This collection includes a hundred songs of the people, as they have been sung at one time or another on the workers’ long road toward freedom and justice, together with the stories of the genuine situations from which they sprang.
They are straight trade union songs and ditties; specific songs of miners, textile workers, steel, and railway workers and farmers; typical working songs of sailors, canalers, lumberjacks, and cowboys; songs of the hardships that working men and women have to face during times of depression; philosophic songs and ironic comments on the economic system; songs that grew out of the fight against slavery; and songs expressing the dreams of people of many lands throughout the ages. Often set to tunes of familiar folk songs, popular songs, and gospel hymns, these are the songs by which unions organized and which the members of each labor group sang out. They are songs sung to words by itinerant wanderers, unlettered farmers, and factory hands; songs by Joe Hill, Ralph Chaplin, Joe Glazer, Merle Traive, Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers; songs by famous poets such as Burns and Blake. Most of the songs are American in origin. A few, drawn from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Israel, and the Philippines, remind us that the fight for freedom knows no boundaries. The songs are presented with simple piano accompaniments and guitar chords to encourage their use in group singing.
This collection includes 100 songs from the history of the labor movement, together with the stories of the genuine situations from which they sprang. Includes songs by Joe Hill, Ralph Chaplin, Joe Glazer, Merle Travis, Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, and others from around the globe. “Union Maid,” “Joe Hill,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and many more.
The songs of work and the songs of protest are, in a very important sense, the songs of the New World, capturing the stirring sounds and deep emotions of people over hundreds of years on the march to build a better world. Whether you are looking for material for singing or whether you are looking for material on the struggles of the labor movement, there will be much in this important collection for song and for thought.
3. Songs of the Suffragettes sung by Elizabeth McKnight (Format: Music CD):
Original Album Description: It is hard to believe in modern times that the issue of women’s suffrage once wracked the nation. Riots, demonstrations, and indignant editorials highlight the history of this long battle that finally ended in 1920 with the 19th Amendment. Liner notes by Irwin Silber include a brief history of the suffrage movement, lyrics and background on the 16 tracks, and black-and-white political cartoons.
Uncle Sam’s Wedding
Keep Woman in Her Sphere
Let Us All Speak Our Minds
The Taxation Tyranny
The Promised Land
The Suffrage Flag
Winning The Vote
Give the Ballot to the Mothers
Song of Wyoming
Going to the Polls
Where Are Your Boys Today!
The Yellow Ribbon
Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be!
The New America
4. A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings by Various Artists (Format: Music CD):
Thirty Library of Congress field recordings from 1933 to 1946, compiled and thoroughly annotated by Stephen Wade. There are many Library of Congress collections, but the diversity of performances on this disc might make one of the better selections for someone who’s interested enough in folkloric recordings to have just a few, as opposed to an academic who wants to hear as much as possible. There’s Appalachian folk music, African-American spirituals, nursery rhymes by black Mississippi children, rural Southern blues, and even an a cappella ballad by a Harvard-educated judge. There are a couple of well-known performers as well: Woody Guthrie does “The Gypsy Davy,” and Sonny Terry has a trademark puffing harmonica workout on “Lost John.” But largely these are folks who performed mostly for their neighbors or houses of worship. It’s not the point of a collection such as this to illustrate how this music influenced pop, but there are some real interesting renditions of songs that later became famous in other hands: “Blood-Strained Banders” (done here by Jimmie Strothers) was adapted into “Good Shepherd” by the Jefferson Airplane; “Sea Lion Woman” (Christine and Katherine Shipp) was done by Nina Simone, and “Another Man Done Gone” (Vera Hall) was covered by John Mayall. There’s also the first recorded performance of “Rock Island Line” (by inmates at an Arkansas penitentiary in 1934), which became a folk music standard and eventually started the skiffle craze in England. Richie Unterberger, AllMusic Review
Bonaparte’s Retreat by W.H. Stepp
Rock Island Line by Kelly Pace with Charlie Porter, L.T. Edwards, Willie Hubbard, Luther Williams, Napoleon Cooper, Albert Pate, Willie Lee Jones
Pretty Polly by E.C. Ball
Pullin’ the Skiff by Ora Dell Graham
Shortenin’ Bread by Ora Dell Graham
Sea Lion Woman by Christine & Katherine Shipp
Soldier’s Joy by Nashville Washboard Band
Another Man Done Gone by Vera Hall
Northfield by Paine Denson
When I Lay My Burden Down by Turner Junior Johnson
Grub Springs by W.E. Claunch
Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down by Bozie Sturdivant
Creek Lullaby by Margaret
Coal Creek March by Pete Steele
Worried Life Blues by David “Honeyboy” Edwards
One Morning in May by Texas Gladden
Blood-Strained Banders by Jimmie Strothers
Goodbye, Old Paint by Jess Morris
Lead Me to the Rock by Wash Dennis and Charlie Sims
Glory in the Meetinghouse by Luther Strong
The Avondale Mine Disaster by John J. Quinn
Roll on the Ground by Thaddeus C. Willingham, Jr.
Diamond Joe by Charlie Butler
Lost John by Sonny Terry
Sept ans sur mer by Elita, Mary & Ella Hoffpauir
East Texas Rag by Smith Casey
Old Joe Clark by Wade Ward
The Gypsy Davy by Woody Guthrie
Kiowa Story of the Flute by Belo Cozad
5. Putumayo Presents Women’s Work by Various Artists (Format: Music CD):
In 1996 the interest in singer-songwriters was cresting and women were a big part of the emerging trend. The songs they wrote were not about fanciful dream images; they came from real life and were insightful, bitter, funny, and often painfully intimate. While a vanguard of younger artists were just finding their way, established performers were also being rediscovered, and the two groups gave each other considerable inspiration and support. These 13 songs are an amazingly accurate time capsule of a period when the vogue finally shifted to include singers who used small forces to sort out big problems and overwhelming emotions. Romances go sour, philosophy brings cold comfort, and reality is sometimes too much to stomach, but the women keep going as best they can despite craziness, opposition on various fronts, and their own frailty. With Ani DiFranco, Janis Ian, Vonda Shepard, and Toni Childs. –Christina Roden, Amazon Review
1. Cradle And All – Ani DiFranco
2. The Wolf – Catie Curtis
3. When The Silence Falls – Janis Ian
4. Maryland – Vonda Shepard
5. Just Enough – Toshi Reagon
6. Notion – Barbara Kessler
7. Letting Go – Fiona Joyce
8. Wild Horse – Eliza Gilkyson
9. Thru Cryin’ – Kristen Hall
10. If You Leave Me – Laura Love
11. Testimony – Ferron
12. Off The Ground – Christine Kane
13. I Met A Man (Live) – Toni Childs
Norma Rae (1979) (Format: DVD):
In honor of American workers throughout the ages I’m going to recommend this great film!
If you haven’t seen it, it is timely as it shows both the lives of a group of working people, and what they achieved by supporting each other. Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of the title character.
Film Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie: Norma Rae finds Sally Field cast in the title role, a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill. The factory has taken too much of a toll on the health of Norma Rae’s family for her to ignore her Dickensian working conditions. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben (Ron Leibman), Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes dissension at home when Norma Rae’s husband, Sonny (Beau Bridges), assumes that her activism is a result of a romance between herself and Reuben. Despite the pressure brought to bear by management, Norma Rae successfully orchestrates a shutdown of the mill, resulting in victory for the union and capitulation to its demands. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the film for which Sally Field won her first Oscar; an additional Oscar went to David Shire and Norman Gimbel for the film’s theme song, “It Goes Like It Goes.”
Videos of the Week:
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
Bread And Roses by Judy Collins
Busted by Ray Charles & Johnny Cash
Columbia’s Daughters by Elizabeth McKnight
Hard Working Man by Brooks & Dunn
I’m Working On A Building by The Carter Family
Joe Hill by Joan Baez
Norma Rae Title Sequence
Old Doc Brown by Hank Snow
Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger
There Is Power In A Union by Billy Bragg
T.R.O.U.B.L.E. by Elvis
Union Burying Ground by Woody Guthrie
Which Side Are You On by Pete Seeger
Working At The Car Wash Blues by Jim Croce
Have a great weekend!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
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