Friday, February 10, 2006

The blues: Powerful music for Black Liberation: "Lomax collected many blues traditions - from the hellish conditions in prisons like Parchman Farm in Mississippi, and Angola in Louisiana, and in the Delta region. Prisoners on chain gangs - the brutal work crews of prisoners that produced huge financial gain and are being seen again today with the booming prison industrial complex - many of whom, criminalized for being poor, sang work songs. One of the songs Lomax recorded in 1947 was "The Murderous Home" at Parchman Farm. The song starts, "I ain't got long, I ain't got long in the murderous home... Lord, I got a long holdover and I can't go free."