(8/6/03 2:02 am)
African American Song lyrics mentioning the DEVIL?|
I am trying to write a paper about the devil in African-American song lyrics and am thus searching for primary and secondary texts which deal with this topic.
I have found Rober Johnson lyrics (blues) and some others. Yet, I am also looking for lyrics from rock, soul, funk etc. which are firstly, written by African-Americans
and secondly, deal with the devil.
In other words I am looking for literature on:
- the devil and music (especially popular music, e.g. rock)
- the devil and African-American music
- the devil and song lyrics
I have checked the following post on this board:
Any further suggestions? Thanks a million
wolfgang (student at university of berne, switzerland)
(8/6/03 8:14 am)
One more obvious place to look is in the area of the old Negro Spirituals, such as "Roll the Old Chariot Along." That's one example, but a Google search would turn up a lot more, with lyrics. There are web sites dedicated to this.
(8/6/03 7:57 pm)
Friend of the Devil|
Check out any Blues lyrics site - there must be hundreds of Blues and Gospel songs pertaining to Old Nick.
(8/8/03 6:05 am)
If you have access to a good university library you can probably find some of the really brillant collections of African American folksongs collected by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Second best, might be to have a look at his comprehensive website:
(8/8/03 11:36 am)
For online primary resources, be sure also to consult the Library
of Congress's American Memory historical collections: memory.loc.gov/
Collections of particular interest that you may wish to peruse:
1) African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920: Selected from the Collections
of Brown University: memory.loc.gov/ammem/awar...mhome.html
2) "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley
Music Festivals, 1938-1943: memory.loc.gov/ammem/ftvh...vhome.html
3) Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States
Recording Trip: memory.loc.gov/ammem/lohtml/lohome.html
4) Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920: memory.loc.gov/ammem/awar...mhome.html