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Historic Bibliographies and Reference Aids

A List of Materials Relating to Protest Song

Compiled by: Archive of Folk Culture staff
Publication Date: October 23, 1969

Alderson, William.
"On the Wobbly 'Casey Jones' and Other Songs." California Folklore Quarterly, volume 1, number 4, October 1942, pp. 373-376.

Ames, Russell.
"Protest and Irony in Negro Folksong." Science and Society, volume 14, Summer 1950, pp. 193-213.

The Story of American Folksong. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1955. Reprinted 1960. Pp. 140-161, "Songs of Protest."

Bluestein, Gene.
"Songs of the Silent Generation." New Republic, volume 144, number 1, March 13, 1961, pp. 21-22.

Botkin, Benjamin A.
"The Folksay of Freedom Songs, " New Masses, volume 65, October 21, 1947, pp. 14-16.

"Self-Portraiture and Social Criticism in Negro Folk Song." Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, volume 5, February 1927, pp. 38-42.

Brand, Oscar.
The Ballad Mongers: Rise of the Modern Folk Song. New York: Funk & Wagnells, 1962.

Budzinski, Klaus.
Linke Lieder: Protest Songs. München, Bern and Wien: Scherz Verlag, 1967.

Carawan, Guy and Candie.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Songs of the Freedom Movement. New York: Oak Publications, 1968.

We Shall Overcome! Songs of the Southern Freedom Movement. New York: Oak Publications, 1963.

Coffin, Tristam P.
"Folksong of Social Protest." The Philadelphia Folk Festival 1965, edited by Steve Kenin, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Folksong Society, 1965, pp. 19, 28.

"Folksong of Social Protest: A Musical Mirage." New York Folklore Quarterly, volume 14, number 1, Spring 1958, pp. 3-9.

Cunningham, Sis.
Broadside: Songs of Our Times from the Pages of Broadside Magazine. Volume 1. New York: Oak Publications, 1964. Introduction by Gordon Freisen, Volume 2, 1968.

Denisoff, R. Serge.
"The Proletarian Renascence: The Folkness of the Ideological Folk." Journal of American Folklore, volume 82, number 323, January-March 1969, pp. 51-65.

"Protest Movements: Class Consciousness and the Propaganda Song." Sociological Quarterly, Volume 9, number 2, Spring 1968, pp. 228-247.

"Songs of Pursuasion." Journal of American Folklore, volume 79, number 314, October-December 1966, pp. 581-589.

"Urban Folk 'Movement' Research: Value Free?" Western Folklore, volume 28, number 3, July 1969, pp. 183-197.

Dunson, Josh.
Freedom in the Air: Song Movements of the Sixties. New York: International Publishers, 1965.

Fowke, Edith.
"Labor and Industrial Protest Songs in Canada." Journal of American Folklore, volume 82, number 323, January-March 1969, pp. 34-50.

Fowke, Edith and Joe Glazer.
Songs of Work and Freedom. Chicago, Roosevelt University, Labor Education Division, 1960: Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1961.

Franco-Lao, Meri.
Basta! Chants de Témoignage et de Révolte de l'Amérique Latine. Paris: Francois Maspero, 1967.

Friedland, William H.
"American Labor Songs." Free Labor World, issue 121, July 1960, pp. 294-300.

Gellert, Lawrence.
"Me and My Captain" (Chain Gangs): Negro Songs of Protest. New York: Hours Press, 1939.

Negro Songs of Protest. New York: American Music League, 1936.

Gleason, Ralph, J.
"The Times They Are a Changing." Ramparts, Volume 3, Number 7, April 1965, pp. 36-48.

Green, Archie.
"A Discography (LP) of American Labor Union Songs." New York Folklore Quarterly, volume 17, number 3, Autumn 1961, pp. 186-193.

"John Neuhaus: Wobbly Folklorist." Journal of American Folklore, volume 73, number 289, July-September 1960, pp. 189-217.

"The Workers in the Dawn: Labor Lore." In Our Living Traditions: An Introduction to American Folklore, edited by Tristam P. Coffin, New York and London: Basic Books, 1968, pp. 251-262.

Greenway, John.
American Folksongs of Protest. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953.

"Folksong – A Protest." Australian Literary Studies, volume 2, number 3, June 1966, pp. 179-192.

Hille, Waldemar.
"Freedom Songs - - Compared to - - Union Songs." Et Tu, number 3, December 1964, pp. [1]–[3].

The People's Song Book. New York: Boni and Gaer, 1948. Reprint edition, New York: People's Artists, 1956.

Ives, Edward D.
Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1964. Pp. 167-179, "The Satirical Song Tradition."

James, Thelma.
"Folklore and Propaganda." Journal of American Folklore, volume 61, number 241, July-September 1948, p. 311.

Joseph, Nathan, and Eric Winter.
New England Broadsides: Songs of Our Time from the English Folk Scene. New York: Oak Publications, 1967.

Joyner, Charles W.
"Up in Old Loray: Folkways of Violence in the Gastonia Strike." North Carolina Folklore, volume 12, number 2, December 1964, pp. 20-24.

Korall, Burt.
"The Music of Protest." Saturday Review, volume 46, number 16, November 16, 1968, pp. 36-39, 126.

Kornbluh, Joyce L.
Rebel Voices: An I.W.W. Anthology. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1964.

Korson, George.
Coal Dust on the Fiddle: Songs and Stories of the Bituminous Industry. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1943. Reprint edition, with Foreword by John Greenway, Hatboro, Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1965.

Minstrels of the Mine Patch: Songs and Stories of the Anthracite Industry. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1938. Reprint edition, with Foreword by Archie Green, Hatboro, Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1964.

Lomax, Alan, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger.
Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hitting People. New York: Oak Publications, 1967.

Lovell, John, Jr.
"The Social Implications of the Negro Spiritual." Journal of Negro Education, volume 8, number 4, October 1939, pp. 634-643. Reprinted in The Social Implications of Early Negro Music in the United States, edited with an Introduction by Bernard Katz, New York: Arno Press and The New York Times, 1969, pp. 127-137.

Miller, Lloyd.
"The Sound of Protest." Case Western Reserve Journal of Sociology, volume 1, June 1967, pp. 41-52.

Moore, Frank.
Songs and Ballads of the American Revolution. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1856. Reprint edition, Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press, 1964.

Myrus, Donald.
Ballads, Blues, and the Big Beat. New York: Macmillan, 1966. Pp. 6-32, Poems. Protests, and Put Downs.

Oliver, Paul.
Blues Fell This Morning: The Meaning of the Blues. New York: Horizon Press, 1961.

Orth, Michael.
"The Crack in the Consensus: Political Propaganda in American Popular Music." New Mexico Quarterly, volume 36, number 1, Spring 1966, pp. 62-79.

Pankake, Jon and Paul Nelson.
P-for-Protest." Little Sandy Review, number 25, [11963?], pp. 3-20. Reprinted in the American Folk Scene: Dimensions of the Folksong Revival, edited by David A. DeTurk and A. Poulin, Jr., New York: Dell, 1967, pp. 140-149.

Reagan, Mike.
"The Pious Rhetoric of Country Music." Music Journal, volume 27, number 1, January 1969, pp. 50, 67-70.

Reuss, Richard A.
"Topical Songs from People's Songs to Broadside; The Changing Times." Broadside, number 55, February 12, 1965, pp. [10] to [12].

Ribakove, Sy and Barbara.
Folk-Rock: The Bob Dylan Story. New York: Dell, 1966.

Rodnitzky, Jerome L.
"The Evolution of the American Protest Song." Journal of Popular Culture, volume 3, number 1, Summer 1969, pp. 35-45.

Rubin, Ruth.
"A Comparative Approach to a Yiddish Song of Protest." Studies in Ethnomusicology, volume 2, 1965, pp. 54-73.

Voices of a People: Yiddish Folksong. New York and London: Thomas Yoseloff, 1963.

Russcol, Herbert.
"I Gave My Love a Cherry, So Tell It Like It Is, Baby!" High Fidelity, volume 18, number 12, December 1968, pp. 54-58.

Scott, John Anthony.
"Ballads and Broadsides of the American Revolution." Sing Out!, volume 16, number 2, April-May 1966, pp. 18-22.

Seeger, Peter.
"Whatever Happened to Singing in the Unions." Sing Out!, volume 15, number 2, May 1965, pp. 28-31.

Sellhorn Werner.
Protestsongs. Berlin: Eulenspiegel Verlag, 1968.

Silber, Irwin.
"The Topical Song Revolution at Midpoint," In Newport Folk Festival July 22-25, 1965, edited by Ralph Rinzler and Stacey Williams, New York: Newport Folk Foundation, 1955, pp. 20, 62. Reprinted in The American Folk Scene: Dimensions of the Folksong Revival, edited by David A DeTurk and A. Pollin, Jr., New York: Dell, 1967, pp. 167-171.

Stavis, Barrie and Frank Harmon.
The Songs of Joe Hill. New York: People's Artists, 1955.

Stekert, Ellen.
"Cents and Nonsense in the Urban Folksong Movement: 1930-1966." In Folklore and Society: Essays in Honor of Benj. A. Botkin, Hatboro, Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1966, pp. 153-168.

Student Peace Union.
Songs for Peace: 100 Songs of the Peace Movement. Introduction by Pete Seeger. New York: Oak Publications, 1966.

"Topical Songs and Folksinging, 1965." Sing Out!, volume 15, number 4, September
1965, pp. 9-18. A symposium. Reprinted in The American Folk Scene: Dimensions of the Folksong Revival, edited by David A. DeTurk and A. Pollin, Jr., New York: Dell, 1967, pp. 150-166.

Wang, Betty.
"Folksongs as Regulators of Politics." Sociology and Social Research, volume 20, 1935, pp. 161-166. Reprinted in The Study of Folklore, edited by Alan Dundes, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1965, pp. 308-313

Warren, Roland L.
"German Parteilieder and Christain Hymns as Instruments of Social Control." Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, volume 38, 1943, pp. 96-100.

White, Newman I.
American Negro Folk-Songs. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1928. Reprint edition, with Foreword by Bruce Jackson, Hatboro, Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1965, Pp. 376-386, "Race-Consciousness."

Wimberly, Lowry Charles.
"Hard Times Singing." American Mercury, volume 32, June 1935, pp. 197-202.

 

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