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

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

 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/1994
Label:
Folk Era Records
UPC:
0045507141924
catalogNumber:
1419

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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
Robert Cardwell   Track Performer
Jack Landron   Track Performer
Greg Trafidlo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Barbara Dane   Arranger
Susie Erenrich   Producer,Liner Notes
Tim Horrigan   Producer

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