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Folk albums of 1962: Fad To Staple — Disks Reflect 'Arrival' of Folk Music As Part of Country's Popular Arts

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 28 April 1963

A LONGER perspective may revise the view, but it appears from a distance of a few months that 1962 was the year when the folk-music ...

Albums from Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and more

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 27 February 1966

An Old Folk Line On a New Label ...

Leadbelly: Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs (Xtra 1064)

Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 21 December 1968

"LEADBELLY is a hard name" says Woody Guthrie, "and the hard name of a harder man." The late Woody is quoted (from the book, American ...

A Simple Song That Lives Beyond Time: Leadbelly via Kurt Cobain

Essay by Eric Weisbard, The New York Times, 13 November 1994

IMMEDIATELY after the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, last April, MTV broadcasted almost continuously an hourlong Unplugged special that ...

The Long Goodbye: Huddie Ledbetter’s Living Will

Essay by Carol Cooper, L.A. Weekly, 24 November 1994

According to their most recent videos, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Madonna all aspire to the power, wisdom and durability ...


Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Huddie Ledbetter, 29 January 1889, Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 December 1949, New York ...

Moe Asch

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. Moses Asch, 1905, Warsaw, Poland, d. 19 October 1986, New York, USA ...

John Szwed: The Man Who Recorded the World – A Biography of Alan Lomax

Book Review by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 8 January 2011

Richard Williams hails the man who devoted his life to recording the songs and soundscapes of America and beyond. ...

Leadbelly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Review by Lois Wilson, MOJO, May 2015

The last word on the convicted killer and extraordinary musician who shaped the future of white music. ...

Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Texas Blues

Review by Tony Burke, Vintage Jazz Mart, Spring 2022

ROUGH GUIDE/WMN have issued some excellent pre-war blues sets recently. This set features 26 sides cut between 1926 and 1937 from the Lone Star State – ...


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