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    • Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee", "John Henry", and Other Traditional American Folk Songs

    • By: Richard Polenberg
    • Narrated by: James Killavey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists. Those events, which took place from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts born out of poverty and unbearable working conditions.

    Regular price: $24.95