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Before either hit it big, Janis Joplin & The Grateful Dead were friends & neighbors in Haight-Ashbury, San Fransisco.

Lead Belly in Washington D.C. T-Shirt - Black Mineral Wash 

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Size Width Length
S 16 1/8" 24 7/8"
M 19" 25 1/2"
L 21" 28 1/2"
XL 23" 28 1/2"
2XL 25" 29 1/2"
3XL 25" 29 1/2"
Description
100% cotton, no two t-shirt colorings are exactly alike... enjoy each for its own uniqueness! But wash separately.

This is a Bluescentric Brand limited edition official Lead Belly mineral wash t-shirt! Every sale directly benefits Lead Belly's estate. 

The design says "Lead Belly" with light distress around the lettering. This extraordinary photo of Lead Belly was taken by William Gottlieb at a press club gathering in Washington D.C. in 1938.

It's notable that Lead Belly was in Washington at all... The previous June 1937, Lead Belly had traveled to the nation's capitol city to record for Alan Lomax, only to immediately experience horrifying firsthand Jim Crow racism.

Within hours, the guitarist had penned the famous song "Bourgeois Blues" -- a damning number about the disturbing treatment of people with black skin in Washington D.C.

But Lead Belly couldn't be held down by hate -- he returned to the town at least two more times in the following years, recording again with Lomax and acquainting himself with other rising artists of the time, such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Josh White.