:: Title :: Interview with Big Bill Broonzy on privilege, jealousy, disloyalty, and violence among Southern blacks
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Broonzy, William Lee Conley (Big Bill) [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Bill Broonzy's hotel room
:: Location :: Paris (Ville-de-Paris), Ile-de-France (France)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Mississippi
:: Session :: Paris 5/52
:: Date :: 5/13/1952
:: Reference Information :: T1008.0, Track 5 (00:11:55)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - These recordings of Big Bill Broonzy were made by Alan Lomax in Broonzy's Paris hotel room while Alan was working at the Musee de l'Homme on Columbia Records' World Library of Folk and Primitive Music LP series. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Bill Broonzy talks to Alan about Blacks in the South feeling jealous towards the more privileged, and doing the bidding of whites instead of looking out for one another. He tells a story about a white man who wants a black man's wife, and offers another black man a piece of land to kill the first. Bill quotes a farm boss who would say to the black laborers that "if you keep yourself out of the graveyard, I'll keep you out of jail." [Source: Editor]
0 - Big Bill Broonzy speaks with Alan Lomax about Negroes being jealous of other Negroes who have gotten better breaks in life. He also talks about his relationship with the man he used to work for. The man was a millionaire and proud of himself. Broonzy is again addressing the idea that Negroes in America are not as proud of their heritage as he feels they should be. He also talks about a white boss he used to work for, for whom he feels great affection and with whose children he is still in contact. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Big Bill Broonzy 1952

 

 

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