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We Shall Overcome: Sacred Song on the Devil's Tongue: The Story of the most Influential song of the 20th Century, how it became "We Shall Overcome" ... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - died penniless. Paperback – June 19, 2012
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It all begins with the Story teller. Well written Author: Gamboa
"Lyrics derived from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1900), and opening and closing melody from the 19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me" (a song that dates to before the Civil War). According to Professor Donnell King of Pellissippi State Technical Community College (in Knoxville, Tenn.), "We Shall Overcome" was adapted from these gospel songs by "Guy Carawan, Candy Carawan, and a couple of other people associated with the Highlander Research and Education Center, currently located near Knoxville, Tennessee. I have in my possession copies of the lyrics that include a brief history of the song, and a notation that royalties from the song go to support the Highlander Center."
Isaias should have done his research. And shame on him for trying to discredit and call into question the integrity of Mr. Seeger, who fights for the little people like HIM. It is wrong to profit from misinformation and maligning hyperbole. Who exactly is the devil here? A much truer path would be to support the work of Mr. Seeger, not try to tear him down. You are on the same team. For readers who are wondering if they should buy this book, don't waste your time or your precious pennies on it. A true and benevolent God would advise the same. One would think Mr. Isaias, being a supposed reverend, would have known better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Gamboa's personal anecdotes notwithstanding, his conclusions are tenuous, at best. If one is to consider melodic similarity alone, one must conclude that We Shall Overcome also... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by James Batcheller
I'll admit I haven't read the book (I'm giving it three stars because three is the the middle - neither up or down) but I have read much of the material posted on line by the... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by the.original.jeff