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THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”
A Record Album Interpretation

MAR 1-24, 2019

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“Nothing short of transcendent”The New York Times

THE B-SIDE is based on the 1965 LP Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, which features work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts from inmates in Texas’ then-segregated agricultural prison farms. The album was brought to The Wooster Group by performer Eric Berryman after he saw the Group’s previous record album interpretation Early Shaker Spirituals. In THE B-SIDE, Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live, by channeling the voices of the men on the record, via in-ear receivers to Berryman and the two singers who accompany him — Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore. Berryman also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album at the prison in 1964 and is now a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo.


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Eric Berryman and Kate Valk discuss “The B-Side” on WNYC

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