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Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs

Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs By Richard Polenberg Hear My Sad Story The True Tales That Inspired Stagolee John Henry and Other Traditional American Folk Songs None

  • Title: Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs
  • Author: Richard Polenberg
  • ISBN: 9781501700026
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs By Richard Polenberg None
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    1. PattyMacDotComma on said:

      Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story, I m shot in the breast an I know I must die The Streets of Laredo must be one of the first cowboy tunes I ever learned This book is full of some great old tunes and research into their history and the true stories that inspired them Some of the poetic licence means songs sometimes bear little resemblance to the tales they came from, but some are still representations of the past There are cowboy songs, railroad songs, mining songs, and ballads of ou [...]

    2. Darcia Helle on said:

      This book is a combination of history, sociology, true crime, and, of course, music I was fascinated by it all.The author clearly did extensive research, not just regarding the history of the songs, but also the circumstances surrounding the events With each song discussed, Polenberg places us right in the midst of these people s lives We re part of the society in which they live We feel the struggle to survive, the racism, the sorrow, and the pride We see the truth behind the people immortalize [...]

    3. Patty on said:

      I was so excited for the premise of this book, and so disappointed by the actual execution Although I don t think it s the author s fault I m not sure anyone could make an interesting book from the stated goal See, the fun thing about murder ballads which are the majority of the songs covered in the book is how over the top they are The evil guy is the MOST EVIL, sometimes literally the devil The innocent girl is the MOST INNOCENT and also always beautiful The crime committed is the MOST HORRIBL [...]

    4. Christine on said:

      This isn t just a book about music it s a book about history, slavery, racial conflict, murder and love, all presented in the lyrics of songs Pretty much any part of living life has at one point or another been turned into a ballad or song of some type Music has been the teller of news and history since before books and newspapers it s a long standing tradition.As with the type of books people read or movies they enjoy music is a personal thing Not everyone enjoys the same kind When people ask m [...]

    5. Bill on said:

      This is an excellent contribution to an important aspect of American folklore the real stories behind well known folk songs, told with a completeness that is the mark of a scholarly historian.On the other hand, for those of us who have known these American folk songs for decades, listened to a variety of versions and sung these as well for those decades, while the history behind each of these songsis complete, I suppose, each screams, TOO MUCH INFORMATION Yes, this is a boring book, and probably [...]

    6. Nancy on said:

      Telling a story in song is one of our oldest human traditions For hundreds of years people have sung ballads that told stories about murders, outlaws, romances, wars, tragedies, and hardships During four visits between 1916 and 1918 British musicologist Cecil Sharp collected over 1500 American songs in the southern Appalachians At the same time Sharp collected old ballads new ones were being created as a response to events of the time These new songs included responses to modern calamities invol [...]

    7. Mandy on said:

      This review first appeared at Addicted to MediaMay 2015, Hammersmith Apollo, London Nick Cave finally responds to the crowd s baying requests and plays Staggerlee from his 1995 album with the Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads Transfixed, I stand watching the performance, hanging onto every word and think to myself, there s a great story behind this song.And there is In Christmas Eve 1895, Stack Lee Shelton entered the Bill Curtis Saloon in St Louis and got into an argument with Billy Lyons Stack Lee mas [...]

    8. Jud Barry on said:

      When John Henry was a little baby sittin on his daddy s knee his daddy held him up and looked him in the eye and said Son, you re gonna be some poetry, Lord, Lord Son, you re gonna be some poetry Like all mythical characters, John Henry s daddy knew what he was talking about But he might not have known that it would be necessary to remain in that mythical realm for the poetry to happen, because once you wander into the realm of fact, the poetry vanishes like a rainbow at a bad angle.Which is sim [...]

    9. Eustacia Tan on said:

      This book is about the history of various country songs, but it just made me feel very uneducated song wise , when I read it Out of all the 27 songs, I only recognised one of them Pearl Bryan, and that s because I heard about it on the podcast Criminal.According to the prologue, Hear My Sad Story traces the roots of many of these folk songs and describes the circumstances under which each was written and first recorded So it s like a snapshot of history for each chapter.The way each chaptered is [...]

    10. Bryce O'Connor on said:

      I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley.I found the concept for this book to be really interesting, it takes classic folk songs and details the true stories behind them While many of them seem far too convoluted and over the top to be true, after reading this book I was reminded that truth is usually stranger than fiction As a whole, I was entertained and I learned quite a bit I think some of the songs could have been cut out, some just aren t that interesting, or feel too similar to othe [...]

    11. Rowan MacBean on said:

      I received HEAR MY SAD STORY as an ARC from NetGalley.I like to think of myself as a fan of traditional folk music, but the absolute truth of the matter is that I m a fan of the idea of traditional folk music than I am of the thing itself This book is exactly the sort of thing someone like me needs When I listen to folk songs, I often think about where the idea for the song came from whether it s something someone imagined entirely, or whether they were inspired by things that actually happened [...]

    12. Debbie on said:

      I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review by netgalley.I ve been a fan of folk music since I was a young child Since I first read the biography of Woody Guthrie when I was about 13, I ve been fascinated with the true stories that inspire music This book is thorough and extensively researched I wish I knew of the songs that are actually covered in this book since the backstories of heartache, true crime and the gritty living that old tymey people had to go through is fas [...]

    13. Margaret Sankey on said:

      Like mythology, folks songs contain a kernel of truth that was compelling enough to keep people singing the lives and deaths of figures who passed into larger than life infamy and celebrity through popular culture After a long career in progressive and social history, Polenberg uses material he has collected over five decades, including interviews with singers who died in the 1960s and lived through some of the events recounted From the Streets of Laredo to Stagger Lee, this was the living media [...]

    14. Gary McCallister on said:

      I have often said, somewhat jokingly, that I learned history singing folk songs in my youth than i learned in school It s not a joke any The history in this book, which tells the stories behind the songs, is fascinating and from a unique perspective Even if you don t sing you will be enlightened by the tales of yesteryear America i was especially fascinated by the cavalier attitude about cruelty and life Some of my ancestors were coal miners I never really knew what that meant Since serving on [...]

    15. Elizabeth Desole on said:

      I really wish this book had come with an audio file It tells the real stories behind some classic folk songs Of course, many of the true stories involve murder I seems very well researched, maybe sometimes a bit too much The narrative suffers sometimes because of it It s very interesting to read how some of the song lyrics have strayed so far form the original inspiration Although I am a fan of the murder story, I found some of the most engaging parts to be relating to worker s woes like strikes [...]

    16. Stven on said:

      This ought to be a fascinating subject, but the way it s written fails to sustain interest If you re compiling a research paper on the lyrics of American folk songs, lots of research has been done for you here If you d enjoy tales that would constitute an engaging read, you ll need to look elsewhere.

    17. Angie Boyter on said:

      This is not a bad book in the sense that it tells the REAL story of what happened instead of the story given in the song , but the detailed stories behind these songs just often turn out not to be very interesting.

    18. Eileen Hall on said:

      A wonderful book on the origins of American folk songs and ballads of the early 20th Century and their influence on the singers of today.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    19. CHARLES SCOTT JOHNSON on said:

      Interesting material but lacks sufficient lyrics Having a copy of Lomax s works is helpful.More of a 3.5 star book.

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