New York: Sing Out, Inc., 1959-60. Fourth printings. Two left-wing song compilations published by the radical folk music magazine, “Sing Out.” The People’s Song Book was originally published in 1948 followed by The Second People’s Song Book in 1953.
In his Foreword to the original song book, Alan Lomax refers to it as “a folio of freedom folklore, a weapon against war and reaction, and a singing testament to the future.” Songs are divided into the following sections: 1.) Songs that helped build America (folk songs and ballads, work songs, Negro slave songs, and topical songs) 2.) World freedom songs 3.) Union songs 4.) Topical-political songs.
The second book has an introduction by Paul Robeson, in which he characterizes the songs as “bursting through the bar-lines, calling for love, for brotherhood, for sisterhood, for equality, for freedom.” Sections for this volume include: 1.) Songs of Peace 2.) Songs of Labor 3.) Songs of Historic Struggles 4.) Songs of Real People 5.) Songs of Freedom. Pete Seeger was an associate editor for both volumes.
Both volumes in stapled wrappers (7” x 10”; 6 ” x 9 ¾”, respectively), 128 p.; 96 p., illus. Includes chords and lyrics. Rubbing to wrappers, some edgewear along the top edge of the first book, but both VG or better. Item #07228