:: Title :: Interview with Bessie Jones about Old Bill The Rolling Pin
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones III 9/61
:: Date :: 9/26/1961
:: Reference Information :: T977.1, Track 3 (00:06:53)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The fourth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - People during slavery made a mocking song about the figure of the "pateroller" (patrolman). At this time, African Americans were not allowed to leave their plantations without a pass, and armed guards were hired to patrol the roads at night and enforce the pass system. Old Bill ' had 'big eyes and a double chin' like Mister Frog (also of song). Jones also talks about community socials and the games children played at these, and she introduces Railroad Bill. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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