America Over the Water

America Over the Water

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At the age of 19 Shirley Collins was making a name for herself as a folk singer in post-war London. At a party she met famous American musical historian and folklorist, Alan Lomax and they became romantically involved. This is an account of the year of her life spent as Lomax’s assistant and lover in America.

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'Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived' Stewart Lee

'Without doubt one of England's greatest cultural treasures' Billy Bragg

In America Over the Water, celebrated English folksinger Shirley Collins offers an affecting account of her year-long stint as assistant to legendary musical historian and folklorist Alan Lomax. Together, they travelled to Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia, encountering Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and many others, in their tireless work to uncover the traditional music of America's heartland.

Blending the personal story of Shirley Collins' relationship with Lomax and offering a unique first-hand account of a country on the brink of the civil rights era, America Over the Water cuts right to the heart of the blues in a fascinating account of Collins' and Lomax's ground-breaking journey across the southern states of the USA to record the music that started it all.

Originally published over fifteen years ago, this definitive edition includes a new introduction by Shirley Collins.

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Weight0.22 kg
Dimensions21.4 × 13.6 × 2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition

New Edition

Dewey

782.42162092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K