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ISBN-10: 1789145031
ISBN-13: 9781789145038
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 08/12/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.51" W, 1.18" H

Who Killed Cock Robin?: British Folk Songs of Crime and Punishment

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An entertaining and enlightening compendium at the intersection of two great British folk traditions: song and encounters with the law.

At the heart of traditional songs rest the concerns of ordinary people. And folk throughout the centuries have found themselves entangled with the law: abiding by it, breaking it, and being caught and punished by it. Who Killed Cock Robin? is an anthology of just such songs compiled by one of Britain’s most senior judges, Stephen Sedley, and best-loved folk singers, Martin Carthy. The songs collected here are drawn from manuscripts, broadsides, and oral tradition. They are grouped according to the various categories of crime and punishment, from Poaching to the Gallows. Each section contains a historical introduction, and every song is presented with a melody, lyrics, and an illuminating commentary that explores its origins and sources. Together, they present unique, sometimes comic, often tragic, and always colorful insight into the past, while preserving an important body of song for future generations.

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"A rich and rewarding journey through the law–and lore–of song and balladry. With such outstanding authors/compilers it's no surprise whatsoever but their understanding, respect, and regard for their source material mean that expertise and scholarship never swamp but only enhance and enlighten the reading experience. As well as opening my eyes to some previously unknown examples of legal chicanery or barely believable repressive legislation and practice, every page made me want to sing these songs and ballads of the wronged and the ruthless, the cruel and cunning and the good, the bad–and the lovely. What a great delight of a book."–Willy Russell, author of Educating Rita and Blood Brothers
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Details

ISBN-10: 1789145031
ISBN-13: 9781789145038
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 08/12/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.51" W, 1.18" H
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