I want to highlight a prison work song, and I chose one of my favourite “Rosie”. It was recorded in 1947, but released on vinyl for the first time in 1958. All credits to those men from Mississippi State Penitentiary’s Parchman work camp who were recorded singing this song. Thanks also to Alan Lomax for collecting this song, as he have done with his many field recording. I can really hear the blood, sweat and pain from these men, and a not such a far fetched hunch is that several of them where innocent.

Apart from being a blues musician, Thomas was a gravedigger and folk artist known for his sculptures featuring actual human teeth.

Born 14 October 1926 in Eden, Mississippi, died 26 June 1993 in Greenville, Mississippi. Thomas was raised by his grandparents, who gave him his nickname “Son” as a term of endearment. In 1967 he was discovered by researcher William Ferris, who documented his life in the book “Blues From The Delta” and in five films.

9/10 … This is a real coffee table book, 436 pages and a wooping 31x25cm. I sat down with a cup of cooffe and started at the begining. I was imiditlly sucked into this amazing universe and 6 hours later I was still at it. Writting down for me new titles to discover and listening to them on Spotify to see if I wanted to hunt down the vinyl. Another aspect I love about this kind of books is that I feel less crazy for spending so much time and so much money on music. There’s a whole lot of other people out there that are the same.