SOURCE: The Bitter Southerner
by Kevin Kehrberg & Jeffrey A. Keith
The song "Swannanoa Tunnel" has been changed through generations of recordings by white musicians, concealing its origins as a song sung by Black convict-lease laborers who were forced to work in deadly conditions, often as punishment for minor crimes (or no crimes at all).
SOURCE: Monthly Review
From the bloody labor struggles of Harlan County, “Which Side Are You On?” made its way into a New York recording studio, and got modified to fit the message of countless underdog protagonists.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
John Prine Dies at 73; Acclaimed Folksinger, Songwriter Created Classics of Lyricism and Storytelling
Bob Dylan once said, “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.”
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