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Thread #16399   Message #152666
Posted By: Bill D
21-Dec-99 - 08:25 PM
Thread Name: Songbooks: A Basic Folk Library
Subject: RE: A Basic Folk Library
well, Joe...there are lots of categories...here are 4 quick ones

"Scottish Border Battles & Ballads" by Michael Brander
1775 Clarkson N. Potter Inc., Publisher ISBN 0-517-552500-3 LC-75-44444

"American Murder Ballads and their Stories" by Olive Woolley Burt
1958 ..Oxford Univ.Press LC 58-5382

"Deep the Water, Shallow the Shore"..essays on shantying in the West Indies
Roger D. Abrams LC-73-19540.(American Folklore Society)

"Scalded to Death by the Steam"...Katie Letcher Lyle
stories of railroad disasters and the ballads about them
Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, NC ISBN-0-912697-01-6
(this one is great!...and may even be easy to find)

also thinking of JoAnna Colcord's book on shanties...and a few others...

any specific areas, Joe