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Peter Lafarge Songs Of The Cowboys - Iron Mountain

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Peter Lafarge: Songs Of The Cowboys - Iron Mountain

1-CD with 48-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.

One of many ironies surrounding Peter La Farge is that he could legitimately claim to be both Indian and cowboy. On his 1964 Folkways album of cowboy songs, La Farge delivers Western chestnuts like The Strawberry Roan with evident affection and recites a piece of original 'beat' cowboy verse, The Rodeo Hand. The 13 1962 Folkways recordings which flesh out this 29-track collection show La Farge's topical eye scanning discrimination (Alaska, 49th State), drug use (Marijuana Blues), and the passing of a mentor in Cisco Houston.

1-CD with 48-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns



Lafarge, Peter - Songs Of The Cowboys - Iron Mountain CD 1
1: Whoopee Ti Yi Yo
2: The Chisholm Trail/Trail To Mexico
3: Sirey Peaks
4: Lavender Cowboy
5: I've Got No Use For The Women
6: I Ride Old Paint
7: The Cowboy's Lament
8: Yavipii Pete
9: When The Work's All Done This Fall
10: Cowboy's Dream
11: The Black Stallion
12: Walkin' John
13: Strawberry Roan
14: The Rodeo Hand
15: Cattle Calls
16: Stumbling
17: Pop Reed
18: Pony Called Nell
19: Marijuana Blues
20: Snow Bird Blues
21: Hungry Blues
22: Avril Blues
23: Santa Fe
24: Alaska, 49th State
25: Iron Mountain
26: Falling Stars
27: Abraham Lincoln
28: Cisco Houston


Artikeleigenschaften von Peter Lafarge: Songs Of The Cowboys - Iron Mountain

  • Interpret: Peter Lafarge

  • Albumtitel: Songs Of The Cowboys - Iron Mountain

  • Format CD
  • Genre Country

  • Music Genre Folk
  • Music Style Folk
  • Music Sub-Genre 149 Folk
  • Title Songs Of The Cowboys/Iron Mountain

  • Price code AH
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 4000127156273

  • weight in Kg 0.115

Artist description "Lafarge, Peter"

Peter LaFarge

LaFarge, Pete geb. 1931 in Fountain/Colorado gest. 27. 10. 1965

Record Labels: Columbia, Folkways Pete LaFarge, Sohn des Pulitzer-Preisträgers und Kämpfers für die Rechte der Indianer Oliver LaFarge, war neben seinen vielseitigen Tätigkeiten als Dichter, Dramaturg, Maler, Rodeo-Reiter und Boxer auch ein begabter Sänger und Komponist. Als Nachkomme der Pima Indianer setzte er sich wie sein Vater für die Rechte der unterdrückten Ureinwohner Amerikas ein.

Er schrieb so bekannte Songs wie ,Ballad Of lra Hayes“ und „As Long As The Grass Shall Grow“.

Today, when the name Peter LaFarge does occasionally surface, it is usually in Connection with some biographical / anecdotal scrap about Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the late Phil Ochs, or some other popular musician who emerged from New York City' s vital late 1950s / early 1960s folk music revival.

Though he has been unjustly forgotten before his time (particularly when one considers that his songs were some of the most eloquently crafted of the times, and were also graphic harbingers of a coming era of political activism on the part of the American Indians), LaFarge, as a singer, and even more as a writer, was very much at the center of this movement. For a brief time, in fact, he was one of its brightest stars.

And, with the possible exception of his friend and fellow folk/protest singer, Buffy Sainte-Marie, he gave musical voice to the plight of the Native American as no one has, before or since.

Like his more acclaimed co-equals in the folk movement (particularly his image-conscious friend, Bob Dylan), LaFarge was given somewhat to myth-making and self-invention. Partly for that reason, his short life remains somewhat shrouded in mystery and conjecture.

To country music fans, LaFarge is best remembered as the composer of a handful of angry, but impassioned Native American protest ballads which were popularized by Johnny Cash in the mid- 1960s: As Long As The Grass Shall Grow, and more particularly, The Ballad Of lra Hayes. The latter was a controversial storysong about an ill-fated Indian World War II hero, which topped the country charts in 1964. LaFarge wrote Ira Hayes and five other selections that appeared on 'Bitter Tears,' Cash 's critically-acclaimed 1964 concept LP which was devoted to the American Indian.

LaFarge himself, who recorded one LP for Columbia in 1961 ('Ira Hayes And Other Ballads'-Columbia CL I795), and five more albums for the Folkways label in the following four years, was himself a full-blooded Nargaset Indian who came of age in both the Indian culture and the white culture. Yet, in his short but colorful lifetime, he was much more: a rodeo rider, an amateur boxer, an actor, a painter, a raconteur of note, a poet and a prose writer. (He wrote a number of feature profiles on other artists for 'Sing Out' magazine; and, along with Dylan, Phil Ochs, Julius Lester, and the late Phil Ochs, he was a contributing editor to 'Broadside' magazine, which published many of his original songs.)

Above all, LaFarge was, an immensely profilic songwriter and a dedicated performer. It is, in fact, a telling tribute to the diversity of LaFarge's interests and pursuits to note that he is undoubtedly the only human being ever to have ridden in a rodeo in Madison Square Garden while at the same time performing on the New York stage in a version of Shakespeare's 'King Lear.'

LaFarge's recording career was launched in 1961 when he was signed to Columbia Records by the legendary producer, John Hammond, the man who signed Bob Dylan to that label the very same year. His debut LP was produced by Hammond, who also had a hand in the careers of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Billie Holiday. In 1963, LaFarge appeared at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. He was also a regular performer in 'Sing Out's' 'Hootenannies at Carnegie Hall.

As Irwin Stambler and Grelun Landon remarked of him in their 'Encyclopedia of Folk, Country, and Western Music': "Sensitive and poetic. LaFarge was one of the rst of the American 'angry young men' who sparked the folk boom of the 1950s and '6Os. He functioned on many creative levels, providing some of the best of the 'composed' new folk music as well as turning out articles, plays, and poetry in his short lifetime."

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