Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen
The book by Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen I present; is a cornerstone of American heritage in the subject of shanties. The author herself was born at sea; and her father Lincoln Colcord was a captain of a merchant fleet ship for over two decades. The author of the book “Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen” describes; a huge amount of shanties not only from the musical point of view; but also from the side of the work for which the described shanties were used. Joanna C Colcord’s book is; next to William Doerflinger’s “Shantymen and Shantyboys” and the works of Frederick Pease Harlow; the most important authentic source of shanties and information on shanties.
An interesting fact for Polish fans of shanties is that; Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen were one of the main source texts of the works; of one of the two most popular shanty bands; “Cztery Refy”. According to the story of Simon Spalding, in the 1980s; at the request of Jerzy Rogacki; Simon Spalding; using a photocopier (Xero); copied the work of Joanna C Colcord at the Mystic Seaport Museum; one for Jerzy Rogacki and the other for himself. Jerzy Rogacki received a parcel from “America”, containing a valuable photocopy of this wonderful book.