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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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About the Author
Isaias Gamboa was born in San José, Costa Rica to parents of Spanish and African ancestry. In the early 1960's, his family immigrated to the US and made their home in the South-Central area of Los Angeles, California. Although born of Jewish ancestry, he was raised in both Baptist and Catholic churches - being the respective religious traditions of his parents. A faithful and passionate student of the Holy Bible, Isaias, now an ordained Christian minister, self-identifies as a follower or the teachings of Jesus Christ. Among other accomplishments, Isaias has been blessed with a fulfilling career as an acclaimed and Grammy® decorated music-producer, songwriter, recording engineer and arranger. He has written over 200 songs and has earned multiple RIAA platinum and gold sales awards. His production and arrangement credits include artists as diverse as The Temptations, Janet Jackson, Tupac, Gladys Knight, Bamboleo and many more. Isaias is a long standing member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and a voting-member of the Grammy affiliated National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). As a real estate broker, Isaias owns a modest real estate restoration, brokerage and property-management firm. In 2010, Isaias founded the non-profit We Shall Overcome Foundation and remains active in humanitarian work throughout the US and Latin America. He is also the founder and director of The Brother and Sisterhood of Minority Tradesmen. For more information please visit: www.weshallovercomefoundation.org
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My father-in-law read the book and he said it is a very interesting and informative book!
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.
And what does the author really even know of folk music - music of the PEOPLE, music INTENDED to be sung and PASSED on, ADAPTED, resung, and reworded, rescripted - a tradition that demonstrates at the heart, the life and process of making music. I'm sorry your friend whose grandmother you think wrote this song is not rich and famous. I'm sure that grandmother was a good person and had a nice voice. But did she write the original song? Nope. Did she sing some version of it? Probably. Is the author a false prophet? Yup.