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date: 02 June 2020

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This article explores children’s musical cultures in New York City as seen through three recordings released by the Folkways record label in the middle of the twentieth century: 1, 2, 3, and a Zing Zing Zing (1953); Songs for Children from New York City (1978); and Street and Gangland Rhythms: Beats and Improvisations of Six Boys in Trouble (1959). The first two albums featured songs of children playing. The third album featured songs and music performed by six 11- and 12-year old African-American boys, most of whom were members of New York City street gangs.

Keywords: musical culture, children’s songs, urban, American, children, children’s culture

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