AMERICA OVER THE WATER Hardcover – 4 Apr 2004
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The impetus for the book came from comments made by Lomax in one of his books(The Land Where Blues Began)that made light of her importance to the project-"Shirley Collins the lovely English folksinger was along for the trip"
This account,whilst putting the record straight about her contribution, provides a fascinating read for anyone with the slightest interest in the Blues,life and social conditions in the still-segregated Southern States or the great lady herself.
Her account is enhanced with lovely photographs from the trip,each day's recordings and a full discography.Highly recommended.
Billy Bragg describes Shirley Collins as one of Britain's greatest cultural treasures and that she clearly is in spades, but America Over The Water brings us the woman as well as the legend.
Shirley Collins is a legend in her own lifetime and this is a thoroughly engaging description of her early travels with Alan Lomax.
Modest and unassuming, Shirley recounts her adventures in a most pleasing fashion and, by the end of the book, you will love her even more for it.
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..... I too heard the Woman's Hour conversation with Shirley Collins , and subsequently requested the book for a fiftieth birthday gift....thankfully received !......... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by "Beancooper of Warwick"