SONGS OF WORK AND STRUGGLE
Laurel Book Store: 2:00—3:00pm
John Henry, before he'd let that steam drill beat him down / Said he'd die with his hammer in his hand... —Paul Robeson, John Henry
Standing on the gallows, his head was way up high / At twelve o'clock they killed him, they was all glad to see him die / He's a bad man, oh, cruel Stagolee... —Mississippi John Hurt, Stagolee
Cecil Brown and Greil Marcus discuss American folk and work songs from Stagolee to John Henry.
CECIL BROWN is the author of The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger, Days Without Weather, Stagolee Shot Billy, and his autobiography, Coming Up Down Home. He worked as a screenwriter on the Richard Pryor film Which Way Is Up?
GREIL MARCUS is an American author, music journalist, and culture critic. He is the author of numerous books, including Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs.