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Instrument of the State A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison

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ISBN-10: 019751751X

ISBN-13: 9780197517512

Edition: N/A

Authors: Benjamin J. Harbert

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Louisiana State Penitentiary is one of the largest and most brutal maximum-security prisons in the United States. Built on the grounds of a former plantation, the prison is commonly referred to as "Angola" apropos of the country of origin for many of the enslaved people who inhabited the land. Despite notoriously inhumane conditions within the prison, people incarcerated at Angola have sustained a rich and dynamic musical legacy since the late nineteenth century, attracting folklorists such as John and Alan Lomax and Harry Oster. Well-known musicians including Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Charles Neville, and James Booker played a part in this history, in addition to a litany of…    
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/4/2023
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 9.28" wide x 6.27" long x 0.77" tall
Language: English