By Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax
Tune and lyrics for over 2 hundred songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad guy Ballad, Jesse James, Down within the Valley, The endure within the Hill, Shortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and lots of extra.
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6 Closing In … 21 world, for it could be received via satellite, and was often the only source for watching music videos. The enormous number of record sales, which is often used to emphasize the commercial success of heavy metal in the 1980s, also included albums of hard rock bands such as Bon Jovi, Poison, Cinderella, or Aerosmith, whose songs also appealed to a non-metal audience. Recording at least one ballad per album appeared to be an unwritten rule that was obeyed by almost any top-selling heavy metal artist of the time.
Common to the metal scene’s iconography are symbolic representations of horror, death, and blasphemy, with a clear focus on anti-Christian sentiments. This resembles the above-mentioned verbal representations depicted in lyrics, names, and pseudonyms. Symbolic representations such as depictions of the devil, the inverted cross—which refers to the Roman Empire’s execution of St Peter by having him crucified with his head down as an act of mocking his religious belief—and the 666, the number of the beast—which derives from St John’s book of revelation and symbolizes the approaching Apocalypse—were all appropriated from Christian tradition.
Though the modes of transgression have been constantly changing, transgression has been a permanent feature. Even early bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, or Black Sabbath were transgressive in their musical, verbal, and bodily practices, considering the particular social and political contexts of their time. A social practice considered transgressive today, however, may no longer be considered transgressive tomorrow. While, for instance, on the eve of the hippie movement, long hair on men was something odd to see in the United Kingdom or the United States, it is, today, commonly no longer considered deviant.
American Ballads and Folk Songs (Dover Books on Music) by Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax