Pastures of Plenty and the Ballads of Pretty Polly & Hollis Brown
Sunday, August 16, 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm
David Callahan of post-punk icons The Wolfhounds selected Dave Van Ronk's version of this 1941 Woody Guthrie poverty ballad for the Velvet Sheep blog's Song for Ewe segment (https://velvet-sheep.com/news/david-lance-callahan-of-wolfhounds-song-for-ewe/) This entry set yours truly down a rabbit hole of the song's relationship to the Purty/Pretty Polly murder ballad, Bob Dylan's testamentary Ballad of Hollis Brown, and the spaghetti westerns of the recently departed Ennio Morricone. For this episode of Subject to Change's PatNauseam in the Patdemic, we'll trace and traverse this history.
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