Aunt Molly Jackson

Library of Congress Recordings

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Tough stuff, this. Folk music archivist Alan Lomax recorded many a cappella performances by this outspoken political singer, who came out of the Kentucky mines bearing a pretty big grudge. In fact, she was exiled from the state because of her political activities. This album focuses on her political songs, and she doesn't mince words. "Hungry Disgusted Blues" is typical of her titles. She isn't a folk artist who uses the troubles of the common people to trigger a sentimental reaction in her audience. Rather, her music is a means to an end, the end being rabble rousing and eventually revolution. Playing this record loud enough might indeed incite a riot in some neighborhoods. A big bonus is the enclosed booklet which includes an intense biography as well as complete song lyrics.

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