Sing for Freedom

The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs

Edited by Candie Carawan and Guy Carawan

Foreword by Julian Bond

Title Details

Pages: 288

Trim size: 7.000in x 10.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 04/01/2007

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8193-4

List Price: $25.95

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MUSIC / History & Criticism

Sing for Freedom

The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs

Edited by Candie Carawan and Guy Carawan

Foreword by Julian Bond

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Two classic collections of freedom songs, We Shall Overcome (1963) and Freedom Is A Constant Struggle (1968), are reprinted here in a single edition which includes a major new introduction by the editors, words and music to songs, important documentary photographs, and scores of firsthand accounts by participants in this key movement which reshaped U.S. history.
In Sing for Freedom, Guy and Candie Carawan have crafted an invaluable and indispensable guide to the songs that illuminated the soul and spirit of our freedom struggle. This richly illustrated and beautifully written book reveals the inspiring, healing, and liberating power of song in social struggle. It is a major contribution to our heritage and it should be read and treasured by freedom- and justice-loving people everywhere.

—Coretta Scott King

Music is powerful; it can bring joy, laughter, sadness, and most importantly, change. Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs is a look at music and its impact on the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Packed with sheet music, lyrics, and information on various major songs and how they pushed progress in history, Sing for Freedom is enhanced with black and white photographs. A fresh perspective on the period, Sing for Freedom is highly recommended for community library black studies and music collections.

—The Midwest Book Review

If it hadn't been for Guy and Candie Carawan, many of these songs might have been lost to history. How lucky America is that these priceless collections are now in print again. Freedom-loving people around the world and in future centuries will continue to be inspired by these songs, learn from them, and use them in their own struggles for a better world.

—Pete Seeger

More than a songbook, this collection places the important repertoire of the civil rights movement in historical perspective with photographs, interviews, and oral histories of activists. Guy and Candie Carawan traveled throughout the South in the early 1960s with tape recorder, guitar, and banjo in hand-taking part, joining in the music, and collecting the songs and experiences of those making history. This book breathes with the spirit of those exciting times.

—Harry Belafonte