Interview with Brownie McGhee [Tape #004]
Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Piano playing [00:06]; Singing negro national anthem, ‚ÄúLift every voice and sing‚Äù [08:44]; Father‚Äôs claim that Columbus did not discovery America [10:55]; Father‚Äôs cursing [11:42]; Father‚Äôs claim that most Black folk songs are not Black [12:06]; Discusses song, ‚ÄúCareless love,‚Äù old brothel ballad [12:57]; Discusses song, ‚ÄúEaster parade‚Äù [15:03]; Discusses song, ‚ÄúThis land is your land‚Äù [19:06]; Performing as the Streamline Singers [20:32]; Sings UAW song [21:18]; Spirituals [21:55]; Discusses song, ‚ÄúMotherless children,‚Äù his mother and father‚Äôs infidelities [22:30]; Father‚Äôs guitar playing style [30:10]; Song, ‚ÄúSentimental journey‚Äù [32:00] Side B description: Silence [00:00]; Spirituals as future tense and blues as the past tense [00:11]; Blues lyrics and whiskey, women, and money [02:30]; Discusses song, ‚ÄúI shall not be moved‚Äù and ‚ÄúHang low sweet chariot‚Äù [03:00]; Spiritual idiom developed because Blacks could not speak freely [04:50]; Blues is truth [07:40]; Uses ‚Äúwomen‚Äù as a crutch for the white man [08:10]; Motivation to write songs [12:10]; Resentment against Jim Crow in his songs [12:30]; Blues as an American musical form [17:00]; Unnamed transgendered women‚Äôs suicide on Golden Gate Bridge [21:27]; Early childhood with father, Solomon‚Äôs Temple, McGhee‚Äôs Station [23:20]; Maryville, Tennessee, Hale High School [27:10]
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