"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
"A thorough, socially responsible, sensitive, and scholarly presentation."--Bess Lomax Hawes, American Anthropologist
"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
About the Author
Bruce Jackson is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture at the State University of New York at Buffalo and former president of the American Folklore Society.