Negro Blues & Hollers

Negro Blues & Hollers

After recording this essential collection of performances during the monumental Library of Congress-Fisk University field expedition of 1941 to 1942, Alan Lomax referred to these “alley blues” and “hallelujah spirituals” as “the best art our country has produced.” The efforts of Son House and Willie Brown here are particularly vital; with their handful of earlier commercial releases poorly recorded and hard to find, it is significant that these mentors of Robert Johnson were still in their prime when they entrusted their legacy to Lomax and family. Brown is heard shouting “East St. Louis Blues,” “Mississippi Blues,” and “Ragged and Dirty,” while House gives us “Special Rider Blues,” “Depot Blues,” and a growling “Low Down Dirty Dog Blues.” Also compelling are “Worried Life Blues” by David “Honeyboy” Edwards, who was with Johnson the night the legendary bluesman was poisoned, and the haunting “Cornfield Hollers” of Charley Berry, which resonates with Johnson’s “32.20 Blues.” –Alan Greenberg

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A Negro church in a corn [i.e. cotton] field, Manning, S.C. (LOC)

A Negro church in a corn [i.e. cotton] field, Manning, S.C. (LOC)
church
Image by The Library of Congress
Wolcott, Marion Post,, 1910-1990,, photographer.

A Negro church in a corn [i.e. cotton] field, Manning, S.C.

1939 June

1 slide : color.

Notes:
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Subjects:
African Americans–Spiritual life
Churches
Cotton
United States–South Carolina–Manning

Format: Slides–Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Collection 11671-14 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34294

Call Number: LC-USF35-138

The Defects of the Negro Church.

The Defects of the Negro Church.

All life is known by its manifestations. The latter is the outcome, the effect of the former. The manifestations of life cannot by any means be more important than the life which makes them possible. Christianity is a religion of inwardness, it finds its root in the heart and soul of man, then effects the outward life. Whenever the inner or spiritual life is renewed, there follows from necessity a renewed exterior. There must be first life in the soul. Nor can there be any evolution of the soul or of society without a previous involution in them. The whole nature of man must be wrapped up in the image of God before any fruits of Godliness show themselves. The tendency in the Negro Church is to look for these manifestations rather than to work for the indwelling spirit who is the cause of such manifestations. Parallel with this tendency in the church, is the effort which is being made after expression of religious life when it should be directed along the line of impressing it. The church is in need of a deep spiritual life, nevertheless it is impossible to express what is not previously impressed in the mind.

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