Odetta’s One Grain of Sand

Odetta’s One Grain of Sand⚡ [PDF] ✍ Odetta’s One Grain of Sand By Matthew Frye Jacobson ✵ – Heartforum.co.uk When year old Odetta Holmes classically trained as a vocalist and poised to become the next Marian Anderson veered away from both opera and musical theater in favor of performing politically charged Whenyear old Odetta Grain of eBook ´ Holmes classically trained as a vocalist and poised to become the next Marian Anderson veered away from both opera and musical theater in favor of performing politically charged field hollers, prison songs, work songs, and folk tunes Odetta’s One MOBI :Ä before mixed race audiences in s coffee houses, she was making one of the most portentous decisions in the history of both American music and Civil RightsReleased the same year as her famous rendition of I m on My Way at One Grain of PDF Ç the March on Washington, One Grain of Sand captures the social justice project that was Odetta s voice There was no way I could say the things I was thinking, but I could sing them, she later remarked In pieces like Moses, Moses, Ain t No Grave, and Ramblin Round Your City, One Grain of Sand embodies Odetta s approach to the folk repertoire as both an archive of black history and a vehicle for radical expression For many among her audience, a song like Cotton Fields represented a first introduction to black history at a time when there was as yet no academic discipline going by this name, and when history books themselves still peddled convenient fictions of a fundamentally happy plantation past And for many among her audience, black and white, this young woman s pride in black artistry and resolve, and her open rage and her challenge to whites to recognize who they were and who they had been, too, modeled the very honesty and courage that the movement now called for.

Matthew Frye Jacobson, Grain of eBook ´ a professor of American Studies at Yale, is the author of Whiteness of a Different Color and Special Sorrows He lives in New York City.

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    Odetta’s One Grain of Sand eBook ñ One Grain of Moses, Moses, Ain t No Grave, and Ramblin Round Your City, One Grain of Sand embodies Odetta s approach to the folk repertoire as both an archive of black history and a vehicle for radical expression For many among her audience, a song like Cotton Fields represented a first introduction to black history at a time when there was as yet no academic discipline going by this name, and when history books themselves still peddled convenient fictions of a fundamentally happy plantation past And for many among her audience, black and white, this young woman s pride in black artistry and resolve, and her open rage and her challenge to whites to recognize who they were and who they had been, too, modeled the very honesty and courage that the movement now called for."/>
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Odetta’s One Grain of Sand
  • Matthew Frye Jacobson
  • 08 September 2017
  • 1501333321

10 thoughts on “Odetta’s One Grain of Sand

  1. Simon Sweetman says:

    One of the best in a terrific series Thoughtful analysis of the musical context butimportantly here the racial and political framework A great potted history.

  2. J Earl says:

    Odetta s One Grain of Sand 33 1 3 Series by Matthew Frye Jacobson is yet another insightful addition to the 33 1 3 series from Bloomsbury Academic This one, perhapsthan any of the others I have read, serves as much as a much needed biographical work as well as a study of this album within the context of the civil rights movement.First, for those unfamiliar with this series, let me say something about it Each book is based on an album but each is distinct in its approach Some areOdetta s One Grain of Sand 33 1 3 Series by Matthew Frye Jacobson is yet another insightful addition to the 33 1 3 series from Bloomsbury Academic This one, perhapsthan any of the others I have read, serves as much as a much needed biographical work as well as a study of this album within the context of the civil rights movement.First, for those unfamiliar with this series, let me say something about it Each book is based on an album but each is distinct in its approach Some arepersonal than others while moving outward from that to the world at large Some focus on each song and the production of it, yet never loses sight of the time period within which it was made What none of them are, based on the ones I ve read, is simply a rehash of an album and the associated studio sessions Even the Siouxsie and the Banshees volume, while highlighting where the record was made, still extends beyond a basic telling of the sessions themselves This approach yields an amazing number of new perspectives even on albums and artists you re very familiar with, and serves as wonderful introductions to those you aren t.When I saw this I dug out my CD of the album and listened to it again for the first time in about 15 years I did this before starting the book and I m glad I did, it reminded me just how powerful her voice and delivery were I was fortunate to see her a couple times many years ago and each time sent chills through me She was just that impressive So I came to this book with some knowledge of who she was and what she did.Jacobson chooses four songs on which to structure the book, each representing one aspect of the African American experience after emancipation The album was released in 1963, the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and a watershed year in the civil rights movement and the country as a whole He focuses on the songs Midnight Special her as archivist and the area being the prison , Cool Water representing the coffeehouse, the sight of folk music s political activity , Moses Moses the church or the spiritual geographies , and Cotton Fields the plantation or social geographies.For each song or area, Jacobson discusses both how Odetta interpreted the song and made it her own as well as the history that it speaks to It is here that we see connections between how a song can have one meaning when we read the lyrics and yet another based on how the song is delivered By placing this in the context of the period and of the civil rights movement, we understand how and why Odetta s performances are so moving They do, and should, anger as well as shame members of the audience She is both telling a personal story in each song actually two, hers and the subject of the song and a people s story To not be moved is to not be fully human, I think.There has been a shortage of good books about Odetta and I was fortunate to also be reading a book coming soon from Beacon Press, Odetta A Life in Music and Protest by Ian Zack To my knowledge this will be the first true biography of her.I recommend this to any fan of music, especially those who like to read about the dynamics between music and social cultural commentary The number of artists who have cited Odetta as a major influence run the gamut from Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to Rhiannon Giddens and Miley Cyrus, with the Kinks and Carly Simon thrown in.Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley

  3. Aaron Mcquiston says:

    Odetta Holmes has one of the best voices I have ever heard There is not a word sang on One Grain of Sand that does not sound mournful and haunting, and this reflects the world where Odetta is living at the moment Recorded in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, an America that is in turmoil and Odetta is right in the middle of it, you can hear the empathy in her voice, the strength and empathy that she gave to those whom marched along side her, like Martin Luther King Jr and Harry Belefo Odetta Holmes has one of the best voices I have ever heard There is not a word sang on One Grain of Sand that does not sound mournful and haunting, and this reflects the world where Odetta is living at the moment Recorded in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, an America that is in turmoil and Odetta is right in the middle of it, you can hear the empathy in her voice, the strength and empathy that she gave to those whom marched along side her, like Martin Luther King Jr and Harry Belefonte and the thousands of protests beaten and killed by police and lynching, as if each act of violence, each victim, weighted heavy on her soul On the other side of the coin, folk music is becoming a powerhouse, and Odetta is one of the strongest voices in the movement The balance of the two, the musical appreciation that she received by peers and the importance that she has during a very important time in American history, is explored in Matthew Frye Jacobson in his 33 1 3 series essay on Odetta s One Grain of Sand Matthew Frye Jacobson is a professor of African American Studies at Yale University and has written many books about the history of race in America I could that this was written by someone with an academic background because some of this book feels like a lecture or reading a textbook There are some moments where I caught myself thinking that this was important but not really that fun to read In the end, this isof a great book on the importance of Odetta s work in social history than it is about Odetta, and this is fine I now understand her importance in the bigger picturethan before, and I haveappreciation for what she did and who she was I received this as an ARC through Netgally in exchange for an honest review

  4. Tara says:

    A classically trained singer tipped as the next Marian Anderson before turning instead to the folk scene, Odetta s career spanned almost half a century Released in 1963, One Grain of Sand coincided with the March on Washington where she performed alongside Dr King and the burgeoning Civil Rights movements On this album, Odetta breathed new life into spirituals and prison songs, modern standards by Seeger and Guthrie, and even country ditties like Cool Water Among the many roles she took A classically trained singer tipped as the next Marian Anderson before turning instead to the folk scene, Odetta s career spanned almost half a century Released in 1963, One Grain of Sand coincided with the March on Washington where she performed alongside Dr King and the burgeoning Civil Rights movements On this album, Odetta breathed new life into spirituals and prison songs, modern standards by Seeger and Guthrie, and even country ditties like Cool Water Among the many roles she took on, Odetta was a historian and teacher In this short book, Matthew Frye Jacobson contextualises her work within the turbulent period of its creation, and the broader experience of black America, from slavery to the great migration, through the Jim Crow era into an uncertain future A worthy addition to the 331 3 series, Odetta s One Grain of Sand reminds us that artists can, and often do, transform the world around them

  5. Mandy says:

    When I requested this book from NetGalley I didn t appreciate that its purpose was to explore Odetta s music rather than the life, and as she is someone I knew nothing about, I would have preferredabout the life than the work This is not to denigrate the book in any way, however, as it is a thoughtful and insightful exploration of her music, putting it in the context of the historical times and examining the meaning and power of the lyrics Perhaps it s a bookfor the fan than the ge When I requested this book from NetGalley I didn t appreciate that its purpose was to explore Odetta s music rather than the life, and as she is someone I knew nothing about, I would have preferredabout the life than the work This is not to denigrate the book in any way, however, as it is a thoughtful and insightful exploration of her music, putting it in the context of the historical times and examining the meaning and power of the lyrics Perhaps it s a bookfor the fan than the general reader, but it introduced me to an artist of whom I was ignorant and has encouraged me to explore further And for that I am very grateful

  6. Danny says:

    The author does a great job explaining the impact of Odetta s music on the Civil Rights movement and her influence The focus is primarily on One Grain of Sand because the year of its release 1963 coinciding with many events in the Civil Rights movement where Odetta s influence could be felt The author does a great job explaining these events and Odetta s impact A lot of explanation is given on how Odetta interpreted songs from other artists and the American songbook and made them her own The author does a great job explaining the impact of Odetta s music on the Civil Rights movement and her influence The focus is primarily on One Grain of Sand because the year of its release 1963 coinciding with many events in the Civil Rights movement where Odetta s influence could be felt The author does a great job explaining these events and Odetta s impact A lot of explanation is given on how Odetta interpreted songs from other artists and the American songbook and made them her own and gave them different meaning through her arrangements and enunciations A chapter is dedicated to both Odetta s background and her legacy As far as I can tell there has not been a biography on Odetta, and there is enough information and quotes from old interviews here to call this a definitive source for now In addition to explanations of Odetta and her music, the author gives a description of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 The author discloses that work on the book began as part of a book on the Cultural History of the Civil Rights era that he has since decided not to publish You never get the feeling that the material in this book was intended for another source, Odetta and the One Grain of Sand album never take a backseat to other material and the author integrates the subjects well.The bulk of the material of the book is focused on four songs with impact and background on certain subject matter provided at the same time They are as follows Midnight Special prison system, Cool Water the coffeehouse and folk scene, Moses, Moses the church, Cotton Fields social geographies and impact of slavery The attempt to bridge these songs with the subjects and the Civil Rights movement works because he does a great job giving a picture of what the view on these things were in 1963 and Odetta s impact and opinion on them.The 33 1 3 books are always unique and everyone goes into them expecting different things so I will do my best to rate the book on areas where previous books have focused Information on the artist 9 10, information on the recording and production of the album 4 10 I m sure this is due to limited information available , cultural impact of the album 10 10, education on other related subjects 10 10 , personal biography of the author and the albums impact on them 0 10 a good thing if you ask me I went into this book cold never having heard one of Odetta s songs and this book encouraged me to learnabout an influential artist I d never heard of, this book is recommended for anyone wanting to knowabout Odetta or music s influence on the Civil Rights movementReviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley Here is a link to a playlist I made on Spotify to accompany the bookhttps open.spotify.com user 1236788

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