Hopkins Gives You James Brown & Much More

Yes, it’s true! The King of Soul is right here for downloading, along with other musical gems. There’s a variety of American music that’s yours for the taking. The Hopkins libraries license for all JH schools, so we all get to enjoy Peabody's online music collection. This is only fair since we give all of Hopkins access to all our digital images for anatomy classes. We’re all best buds in the Hopkins library world. So take a minute and enjoy your own little version of iTunes, minus the pricetag. The audio/video tab of the Eisenhower guide to music resources is good for non-scholars.

Here are a couple databases well worth investigating:

  • The American Song Database is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more. And this is where you can get James Brown to “Make it Funky.” How funky? James says Funky as you wanna be.” Here’s James working a full arsenal of moves. Wouldn't you agree that Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson continued JB’s dancing legacy?

You can even go in another direction, the Anglo-American Ballad “Pretty Polly” captures an altogether different soulful perspective.  Whatever choices you make, you can’t go wrong in our musical wonderland. 

Alonzo LaMont



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