Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Biography of a Song

I am currently reading Strange Fruit by David Margolick - the story of the poem/srong posted below.

Written by Abel Meeropol inspired by the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in 1930, it was made famous by Billie Holiday.


Rob said...

Reading the lyrics to "Strange Fruit" on the eve of this particular u.s. presidential election is unnerving. Surely there are still people here who would think that lynching--or something like it--is what Obama "deserves" for having the gall to run for (and get elected to?) the presidency. Thank you for providing some context.

Angus said...

Get thee down the voting station - the world is counting on you!

Rob said...

Funny, that's just what Billy Bragg said the other day.