sound recording | 1 disc. | Recorded in Wilton, Connecticut. (Venue). Recorded in February, 1935 (Date). John Lomax Southern States Collection (Source Note). Leadbelly and Lead Belly are stage names for Huddie Ledbetter (1885-1949 ) (Biographical). Sound Recording (Form).
Leadbelly - Lomax, John A. (John Avery)
Folk Singers, Social Reform, and the Red Scare
At the Library of Congress in 2007, Pete Seeger performed examples of sing alongs with audience members, folk songs and activist songs. He presented a new peace song, "Don't Say it Can't be Done," inspired by the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentegon, and harking back to the Mongomery, Alabama Civil Rights bus boycott of 1955.
Blues as Protest
Another example of the use of blues to address social issues are found in African American songs about World War II. Bus Ezell's composition, "Obey the Ration Laws," urges people to comply with war-time rationing, but it also alludes to a difference in compliance and attitudes between poor and wealthy Americans. Buster Brown's "War Song," also performed during World War II, complains of a ...
African American Song
From rappers like André 3000 (1975–) and pop stars like Michael Jackson (1958–2009), to opera singers like Denyce Graves (1964–) and gospel artists like Yolanda Adams (1961–), African American vocal artists continue to shake up and shape the musical culture of the United States in profound ways.