Freedom Is a Constant Struggle (Songs of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Hand-to-hand combat in the streets, church bombings, secret schools and clandestine meetings, beatings, hangings, murdered bodies thrown in the river in the dead of night -- these were all part of the struggle for civil rights in the United States barely four decades ago. This 40-song collection brings together recordings drawn from events of that day ("Here's to the State of Mississippi" by Phil Ochs, "Ballad of Medgar Evers" by Matthew Jones and the SNCC Freedom Singers, "Only a Pawn in Their Game" by Bob Dylan) with spirituals and topical songs adapted by the people who were in that crucible ("Wade in the Water" by Julius Lester, "I'm Goin' to Get My Baby Out of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Hand-to-hand combat in the streets, church bombings, secret schools and clandestine meetings, beatings, hangings, murdered bodies thrown in the river in the dead of night -- these were all part of the struggle for civil rights in the United States barely four decades ago. This 40-song collection brings together recordings drawn from events of that day ("Here's to the State of Mississippi" by Phil Ochs, "Ballad of Medgar Evers" by Matthew Jones and the SNCC Freedom Singers, "Only a Pawn in Their Game" by Bob Dylan) with spirituals and topical songs adapted by the people who were in that crucible ("Wade in the Water" by Julius Lester, "I'm Goin' to Get My Baby Out of Jail" by Len Chandler, " This Little Light of Mine" by Odetta). Most were written and recorded in the 1960s, though several are new recordings (Carolyn Hester's "Three Young Men," Kim & Reggie Harris's reading of Ochs's "Too Many Martyrs") informed by 20/20 hindsight. The music itself is a powerful document of the times. As the memory of the specific events that sparked the songs fades into history, the voices recorded here are filled with the courage and faith they initially inspired.
All Music Guide - Allan Shaw
Developed by Washington, DC, based Cultural Center For Social Change, this collection single-mindedly presents the music of that special historical summer. Artists who have contributed include Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Odetta, Tom Paxton, the SNCC Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Phil Ochs, and many others. The 40 songs on this two-CD set cover 2-1/2 hours, The Toledo Blade said, "Playing these two discs of 40 songs over 2-1/2 hours is like curling up with a good history book." Most songs are period recordings, some are freshly recorded for this collection, and a couple have never before been recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/1994
  • Label: Folk Era Records
  • UPC: 045507141924
  • Catalog Number: 1419
  • Sales rank: 176,255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Odetta Track Performer
Magpie Track Performer
Eric Andersen Track Performer
Guy Carawan Track Performer
Judy Collins Track Performer
Mimi Fariña Track Performer
Carolyn Hester Track Performer
Si Kahn Track Performer
Phil Ochs Track Performer
Tom Paxton Track Performer
Peter, Paul and Mary Track Performer
Sweet Honey in the Rock Track Performer
Bob Dylan Track Performer
Barbara Dane Track Performer
Len Chandler Track Performer
Julius Lester Track Performer
Bernice Johnson Reagon Track Performer
Richard Fariña Track Performer
Donal Leace Track Performer
Greg Artzner Track Performer
Candie Carawan Track Performer
Kim & Reggie Harris Track Performer
Reggie Harris Track Performer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Track Performer
Terry Leonino Track Performer
Jack Landron Track Performer
Greg Trafidlo Track Performer
Robert Cardwell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Barbara Dane Arranger
Susie Erenrich Producer, Liner Notes
Tim Horrigan Producer
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