Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966

produced by Bernice Johnson Reagon, 1942- (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997), 2 hours 18 mins

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Field of Interest
American Music
Description
This double-CD reissue documents a central aspect of the cultural environment of the Civil Rights Movement, acknowledging songs as the language that focused people's energy. These 43 tracks are a series of musical images, of a people in coversation about their determination to be free. Many of the songs were recorded live in mass meetings held in churches, where people from different life experiences, predominantly black, with a few white supporters, came together in a common struggle. These freedom songs draw from spirituals, gospel, rhythm and blues, football chants, blues and calypso forms. The enclosed booklet written by Bernice Johnson Reagon provides rare historic photographs along with the powerful story of African American musical culture and its role in the Civil Rights Movement. "The music of the spirit with the history of the flesh." — New York Daily News
Content Type
Music recording
Duration
2 hours 18 mins
Format
Audio
Sub Genre
Southern Gospel, Struggle and Protest, Negro Spiritual, A Cappella, Gospel Hymns, Rhythm & Blues
Label
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Producer
Bernice Johnson Reagon, 1942-
Release Date
1997
Subject
American Music, World Music, Music & Performing Arts, American Studies, Vocal + Choral Music, United States and Canada, U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-, Música Vocal y Coral, Música Coral + Vocal, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá, United States
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Música Vocal y Coral, Música Coral + Vocal, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá

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