Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues (Revised)
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A monument to a musical tradition that will soon disappear . . . Many of the early blues singers . . . served as callers on work gangs, and their music was certainly influenced by this experience.--William R. Ferris Jr. "Journal of American Folklore "
Beautiful and affecting . . . Perhaps the songs are valuable not only because of their artistic worth but because they remind us of something most important in society that no one can quantify--how much everybody owes to things people give each other for nothing, such as songs.--New Yorker
It is difficult to imagine that anyone concerned about the human spirit in extremis could be unmoved by [this volume].--Times Literary Supplement
A magnificent musical tradition . . . [Wake Up Dead Man] contributes to our knowledge of a little-known part of American life.--Library Journal
There is great beauty in the simple, honest outpouring of human spirit in the texts and melodies of these songs. . . . Jackson has done great service.--Willard Rhodes "Ethnomusicology "
A thorough, socially responsible, sensitive, and scholarly presentation.--Bess Lomax Hawes "American Anthropologist "