Various Artists / Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 [Tompkins Square 2010]
Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 goes straight to the source, culling long-lost recordings from between the World Wars to showcase peacetime misgivings. This isn’t Greatest Generation lionization nor Baby Boomer dissent. Instead, like so many Tompkins Square releases, it’s a dizzyingly well-researched collection whose academic enterprise never dulls the impact of the music. These fifteen songs show just how deeply the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, among other conflicts, had penetrated the American conscience, motivating and defining certain corners of popular culture the way WWII and Vietnam do today. (Tompkins Square is donating a portion of the proceeds to Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America.)
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Various Artists – Bloody War: Songs 1924 – 1939 (TSQ2479/894807002479/C15) Available Now!