No More Odetta

December 3rd, 2008 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

Folksinger and activist Odetta died, apparently of heart failure, at 77. She was here and seeming frail in July.

The Globe is running a personalized obit by James Reed.  Do get past his self-absorption and finish the whole thing. For those who don’t know her music and life work, there’s plenty.

The New York Times has a full obit with details and analysis. It also has an embedded 20-minute clip with music and interview of the older Odetta.

Writing of, if you don’t know her music, that at least remains. I recommend starting with an old, but complete one, The Essential Odetta.


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