Has anyone found any other songs that relate to any of the topics in the document? If so, let us know by clicking on “thoughts and comments” below this post.
Is there anything from Led Zepplin that relates to history?
I do not have any Led Zepplin songs in the manuscript; but, I would be surprised if they did not have some topical songs that could be used.
John McDermott..The Green Fields of France…
Many by John McDermott recognizing the sadness and futility of the era….
Hey Jim, I have not looked at this in some time; sorry it took me so long to reply. I am supposed to get a notice when someone posts, but I do not remember being notified of this. I will look into John McDermott. Best to Claire.
“North Country Blues” by Bob Dylan is one of the few pre-Reagan era songs about the collapse of the industrial economy of the mid-west, which has been brought into startling prominence by the election of Donal Trump.
Thank you for the input and your interest in my book, Charles. I am familiar with Dylan’s song. It is not included in the Songbook for two reasons: first, I do not have a section on the topic. As it is the book is close to 800 pages. Some things just had to be left out. Second, although “North Country Blues” relates to a historically significant topic (particularly in light of our recent presidential election), it does so more obliquely than I want.
Regarding the first point, as I mentioned in the Introduction to the Songbook, given the gaps in the topic covered in the book, one of my hopes is that others might be motivated to take up similar projects of their own. I am sure there enough songs on the topic of loss of industrial jobs in the latter part of the 20th century to justify an exploration of the phenomenon.
If you come across any other songs relevant to the Songbook, or if you would like to continue this discussion, I would like to hear from you.