Folk Music

  • Barbara Dane’s Life of Defiance and Song

    Barbara Dane's left politics kept her from success in the music industry, but the label she founded released and preserved protest music from around the world, a legacy now being highlighted by the Smithsonian. 

  • Somebody Died, Babe: A Musical Coverup of Racism, Violence & Greed

    by Kevin Kehrberg & Jeffrey A. Keith

    The song "Swannanoa Tunnel" has been changed through generations of recordings by white musicians, concealing its origins as a song sung by Black convict-lease laborers who were forced to work in deadly conditions, often as punishment for minor crimes (or no crimes at all).