Audio Recording Poor Stranger Blues Comment

Poor Stranger Blues [Comment]

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Poor Stranger Blues Comment

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Poor Stranger Blues Comment
Contributor Names
Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (Collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (Speaker)
Smith, Ire (Speaker)
Arnold, L. G. (Speaker)
Choice, Doc (Speaker)
Created / Published
Cross City, Florida
Subject Headings
-  Spoken word
-  African Americans
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Florida -- Dixie County -- Cross City
Spoken word
-  The singers answer questions about jook joints, and define them as "bar rooms," formerly known as "festival halls," "a name colored people give dance halls," etc. They think the term jook joint originated in sawmill camps. Jooks are described: "an outlaw place; don't nobody go there but outlaw people."
-  The jook joint song is reported to have been heard in jook joints in Perry, Florida, and in Suwannee County, and in the Interstate Jook.
-  Performance Note: "Poor Stranger Blues Comment" (spoken) performed at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 19, 1939.
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03527 A03
Source Collection
Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook WPA Florida Recordings (AFC 1939/013)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
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Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

  • Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook Florida WPA Recordings (AFC 1939/013), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • American Folklife Center correspondence files, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, Robert Harrison Cook, Stetson Kennedy, Ire Smith, L. G Arnold, and Doc Choice. Poor Stranger Blues Comment. Cross City, Florida, 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Kennedy, S., Cook, R. H., Kennedy, S., Smith, I., Arnold, L. G. & Choice, D. (1939) Poor Stranger Blues Comment. Cross City, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, et al. Poor Stranger Blues Comment. Cross City, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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