Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aunt Molly Jackson-Library of Congress Recordings

This recordings of Aunt Molly Jackson were made in 1939 by Alan Lomax for The Library of Congress. This remarkable woman, nicknamed the "Kentucky coal mining diva" or "Pistol Packin' Mama" was both a singer and union activist, who used the traditional mountain songs and singing style of her Kentucky mountains to sing about the hard times and injustices suffered by the mountain people and coal miners durings the 1930's and beyond. She came frequently to New York City and was part of the radical and folk revival movements of these years and had a big impact on Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
These recordings are a bit rough and the sound is very bad sometimes but the powerful singing of Aunt Molly make this collection an important one, both historically and artistically.
To learn more about the extraordinary life of Aunt Molly Jackson, you can visit
this beautiful website dedicated to preserve her memory.
Download Here (photos of the booklet included as a pdf file)


bolingo69 said...

Visited before a couple of times. You have a very good blog and good tastes ;-) I like the selection, but especially the old County and Rounders ... Great of you to keep old vinyl alive!!!

Thanks a lot!

Eli said...

Hey, thanks! Great stuff, glad to have so much more of Aunt Molly than I could find before. Can't wait to listen to it. - Eli

Anonymous said...

thank you for you to make me learn more,thank you∩0∩

Davey O'Hoolahan said...

Hey thanks a lot for this post! I have been looking for some Aunt Molly Jackson for a while now.

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The Irate Pirate said...

great, man. just great.