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Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs Paperback – August 1, 1997

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Guy and Candie Carawan are the authors of We Shall Overcome and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle. They have been associated with the Highlander Research and Education Center for more than forty years. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, the Carawans organized cultural workshops at Highlander and in the field, focused on civil rights, citizenship education in the Sea Islands, and coalfield and environmental organizing in Appalachia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sing Out Publications (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962670448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962670442
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,917,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in promoting social justice through song needs this book, and at all times a spare one stuck in the guitar case or piano bench because you'll want to pass it on to others. It contains 115 songs (mostly melody lines and guitar chords); 135 crisply reproduced documentary photos from the civil rights movement and dozens of first-hand accounts from people who were there. In many cases, the writer, arranger or discoverer of the song provides the background notes. There is a companion CD by Folkways records with the same name that contains about 1/5 of the songs; it makes a nice set. Every library should have this book - what a vital way to teach history! Editors Guy and Candy Carawan are resident musicians at the Highlander Center and were in the center leading the music at many of the events discussed.
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I ordered Sing for Freedom to give to my sister who is a musician. We are both musicians. We both took music from our gran-aunt who was a public school teacher, music teacher and owned the first daycare school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I know she will be happy to receive this book. Growing up we often played the piano together. I was given a copy of this book by my daughter. She found it when she and her family visited Selma Alabama. Now that we have this book we can all talk about the songs, maybe also play and sing together like we did when we were growing up. I can't wait to give her this book. It will bring back old time memories. I still remember the songs. I had some of the written music, now I have more. I even found some songs that were new to me. This book will be a great surprise for my sister. She live a few miles from me and I plan on delivering it to her. I might also share this book at the family reunion. What a beatiful day this will be. One will play and we both will sing. Just like old time!
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We are fortunate that Guy and Candy Carawan assembled this book for all of us to share. From their years of involvement in the Civil Rights struggle, the authors had created two volumes, each combining great music with unforgettable narrative. Now in this publication, both volumes are in one inexpensive and indispensable book.
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