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America Over the Water Paperback – 5 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946719918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946719914
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1959, Shirley Collins, a nineteen-year-old folk singer from Hastings set out on an extraordinary journey across the deep American South with Alan Lomax, the great American folklorist. "America Over the Water" blends the personal story of Shirley's relationship with Lomax, with a unique first hand account of America on the brink of the civil rights era. Going to the heart of the blues, spending time with the men on road gangs, in State Penitentiaries and homes and music venues, "America Over the Water" is a major account of a remarkable place at a remarkable time.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Havers on 17 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating read that tells of a time when the world was far slower and things happened at a pace when they could be more easily enjoyed. If you're interested in music and want to understand more about its cultural significance then don't hesitate to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
absolutely incredible first-hand account 14 Oct. 2007
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This is an absolutely amazing must-read account of Shirley Collins' journey with Alan Lomax throughout the 1950s American South. Great description of the country and atmosphere by a foreign and interested comrade. This is by all accounts a not-to-miss story of the blues, folk, and country music that existed at the time. If you are interested in ANY of these genres in any way, shape, or form, or the way this trip inspired Shirley to re-examine the traditional music of her own homeland (southern England, namely Sussex), this book is an ABSOLUTE must-read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I definitely read this whole book in two days. That is a testament to its greatness. Buy it NOW!
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