Description: Ex-roustabout and levee-camp laborer Walter Brown recalls his work roustabouting on the Katy Adams and the Tennessee Belle steamboats and "rocking" his load. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
About the session: In the summer of 1978, Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long spent two days on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, interviewing Walter Brown, Joe Savage, Bill Gordon, and William S. Hart -- former levee-camp laborers, river roustabouts, and Parchman Farm inmates. The result was a remarkable collection of reminiscences, tall tales, field hollers, and oral history preserved on two hours of video tape, presented in its original order here. (This footage is part of the 1978 Mississippi collection but in order to maintain the conversation's original running order, it's also presented separately here.)
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