On the Greenville Levee (1978)

In the summer of 1978, Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long spent two days on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, interviewing Walter Brown, Joe Savage, Bill Gordon, and William S. Hart -- former levee-camp laborers, river roustabouts, and Parchman Farm inmates. The result was a remarkable collection of reminiscences, tall tales, field hollers, and oral history preserved on two hours of video tape, presented in its original order here.

 

     
 
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.
 
Ex-roustabouts and levee-camp laborers Walter Brown and Arthur (last name unknown) share reminiscences roustabouting on the Mississippi River steamboats. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
     
 
Ex-roustabouts and levee-camp laborers Walter Brown and Arthur (last name unknown) share reminiscences roustabouting on the Mississippi River steamboats. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 10: Arthur (last name unknown) recalls experiences muleskinning on the levee and singing a fragment of a holler. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
     
 
Ex-roustabout and levee-camp laborer Walter Brown sings a muleskinner holler. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Joe Savage, former muleskinner and Parchman Farm inmate, sings a holler called "Texas Is My Home." Introduced by Walter Brown and Arthur [last name unknown]. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, September 2, 1978, on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi.
     

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