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Gibb Sahib Gibb Sahib's New Book on Chanties (47) RE: Gibb Sahib's New Book on Chanties 22 May 18

Thank you, guys, for the comments (and not just because they are positive).

Steve, I will surely write another book, but that will will draw on a completely different set and type of sources -- primary sources, which just contain the odd comment here and there. Too many and too scattered to name. I have most of the material, with one gap being that I should visit some archives in New Orleans. Probably some follow up work on Library of Congress, too. Additionally, I have not resisted the Carpenter Collection materials since they have been officially posted; my earlier notes are based on what was available previously. I will probably try to write some individual articles first so they can go through peer review. Among these are a chapter/article about cotton stowing and another about other stevedore stuff. And another about the lever windlass. (I have an argument about how the shift to the lever style windlass, and then its eventual obsolescence, shaped the development of the genre.)

The other thing that interests me to expand is info on the Firefighter's songs, though it may be more practical to publish the rest first, with an apology for the lack of depth in that area, since I believe anything further on that topic is "hidden" in archives. Searching for that stuff tends to take a lot of work for little reward. I looked at archives of firefighter stuff in Mobile, which had a prominent Black firefighter organization, but it was difficult to know where to look in the material and would take lots of reading manuscripts searching for that hypothetical needle in a haystack.

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