Roosevelt's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR
Guido van Rijn, Foreword by Paul Oliver


In Roosevelt's Blues Guido van Rijn documents more than a hundred blues and gospel lyrics that contain direct political comment about FDR. Altogether, they convey the thought, spirit, and history of the African-American population during the Roosevelt era. Included in the book are recorded sermons by Rev. J.M. Gates and lyrics to songs recorded by such notable musicians as Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, Big Bill Broonzy, "Champion" Jack Dupree, Sonny Boy Williamson, Josh White, the Mississippi Sheiks, and many others. Using these sources, which have been neglected by historians, van Rijn documents Roosevelt's vast popularity among blacks.


Product Details:

Format:                          Paperback
lication Date:         February 1997

Price:                              30 Euros.

Publisher:                      University Press of Mississippi
                        American Made Music Series


Twenty-four of the songs discussed in the text are available on a CD produced by Agram Blues (ABCD 2017) to accompany this book. Digitally remastered and featuring full liner notes by the author, the CD is a unique historical document of the Roosevelt presidency.

Price:    15 Euros.


1. Walter Roland Red Cross Blues
2. Jack Kelly President Blues (President Roosevelt Blues)
3. Joe Pullum CWA Blues
4. Mississippi Sheiks I Can't Go Wrong
5. Rev. J.M.Gates No Bread Line In Heaven
6. Annie Brewer Roosevelt Blues
7. Will 'Casey Bill' Weldon Casey Bill's New W.P.A.
8. Memphis Minnie Sylvester and His Mule Blues
9. Rev. J.M.Gates President Roosevelt Is Everybody's Friend
10. Jimmie Gordon Don't Take Away My P.W.A.
11. Mississippi Sheiks Sales Tax
12. Rev. R.H.Taylor The Bonus Have Found the Stingy Mens Out
13. Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter The Scottsboro Boys
14. Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter Dear Mr. President & President Roosevelt
15. Peter J. 'Doctor' Clayton Pearl Harbor Blues
16. Lucius 'Lucky' Millinder We're Gonna Have to Slap the Dirty Little Jap
17. Buster 'Buz' Ezell Soldier Boy Blues
18. Peter J. 'Doctor' Clayton '41 Blues
19. Unidentified Man Hitler Toast
20. Louis Jordan You Can't Get That No More
21. James 'Jack of All Trades' McCain Good Mr. Roosevelt
22. 'Big' Joe Williams His Spirit Lives On
23. Otis Jackson Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt - Part 1
24. Otis Jackson Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt - Part 2