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Jim Carroll Are racist, but traditional, songs OK? (319* d) RE: Racist songs .... arghhhh! 30 May 20

The American Civil Right's Movement would not have moved as successful and memorable as it was without the songs, and those songs could never have had the impact they did if it hadn't been for the debate that went along with it
I rermember singing the ballad of Jimmy Wilson at a club in Manchester on night abd being approached by a middle-aged black lady who, rather than talk about the song, immediately lunched into a long description of life in the South pre- sixties
For her, the songs and the politics were inseparable
Similar in Manchester when I took over Mike Yates's flat - when Martin Luther King was assassinated, the father o a black family living in the next house knocked on the door and asked me to come in and 'drink to Martin' - he and his wife had been to the club I sang at with Harry Boardman
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