Digging for Clues in the Fatal Flower Garden

“Fatal Flower Garden,” recorded in 1929 by Nelstone’s Hawaiians, is only the second of eighty-four songs on Harry Smith’s epochal Anthology of American Folk Music – a collection justly celebrated in some macabre corners (mine, for instance) for its songs of dark, outré subject matter and tone (e.g., Clarence Ashley’s … → read more

ROOTS OF THE REVIVAL: American and
    British Folk Music in the 1950s

        Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Robinson Roots of the Revival: American and     British Folk Music in the 1950s University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-08012-8 www.press.uillinois.edu   From chain-gang work songs and the skiffle music of Lonnie Donegan to the folk-blues of Josh White, the calypso of … → read more