SS089 Elizabeth’s Song / Paperback by Michael Wenberg
Elizabeth’s Song is the true-life story of Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten, the noted African American folksinger, guitarist, and songwriter. Against all odds, young Elizabeth teaches herself to play guitar left-handed on a borrowed instrument. Eventually, she earns enough money to buy a guitar of her very own, and is then inspired to write her first song–the folk classic “Freight Train,” written when she was eleven years old. Elizabeth’s unique style of playing guitar (upside down and backwards), from which the term “cotten picking” is derived, has influenced countless other artists. Elizabeth’s story is one that will inspire people of all ages.