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Walter Brown & Arthur: Roustabout Holler and Rocking the Load (#1)
13 Dec 2012
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Ex-roustabouts and levee-camp laborers Walter Brown and Arthur (last name unknown) sing roustabout hollers and discuss (and re-enact) "rocking the load" off the steamboats. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit http://culturalequity.org. [02.17.01]

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From 1978 to 1985, Lomax travelled throughout the South collecting recordings in five culture regions — Mississippi Delta and Hill Country, Central and Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Cajun Louisiana, and Johns Island, S.C. — compiling footage for what would become his "American Patchwork" series of PBS. This clip is drawn from the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country collection. For more about this and the other American Patchwork collections, visit the Alan Lomax Archive's YouTube channel

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Documentary Film Folk Music Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Culture Heritage In the Streets Preservation Rural Traditional YORA Archive/Index Field Recording Folklife Practice Video Lomax: Mississippi Delta and Hill Country (1978) Southeast Academic Filmmaker Folklorist Musician Reasearcher Blues Labor/Work Mississippi Song/Dance South
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