The big red songbook

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks M1664.L3 B54 2007x
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
 
Call Number  M1664.L3 B54 2007x
 
 
Summary
This is indeed an incredible endeavor. For sure the most comprehensive collection of rebel workers’ songs and poems ever compiled in English. It includes ALL the songs that appeared in the IWW’s celebrated “little red songbook” from 1909 through 1973, plus dozens of others that never made it into the songbook. Here are the songs of Joe Hill, T-Bone slim, Dick Brazier, Ralph Chaplin, Covington Hall and other Wobbly legends; lesser knowns, but ought to be legends such as Eugene Barnett, Paul Walker, and Henry Pfaff; for the first time anywhere, a good selection of songs by women Wobblies: Anges Thecla Fair, Laura Payne Emerson, Sophie Fagin, Jane Street, Laura Tanne and others; songwriters from other continents, including Australians Bill Casey and Harry Hooton, the Englishman Leon Rosselson, Germans Ernest Riebe and John Olday, and the Scotsman Douglas Robson. A special section focuses on variants and parodies of IWW songs: a Depression-era version of “Hallelujah I’m a Bum,” Jack Langan’s 1960s version of “Solidarity Forever,” an Earth First! adaptation of Joe Hill’s “There is Power” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz, and Hazel Dickens’ bold update of “The Rebel Girl.” Best of all, perhaps is the wealth of essays, analysis, references, bibliographies, and discographies, provided by Archie Green, his coeditors, and other collaborators, providing not only historical/biographical context, but also a wide range of perspectives on the Wobbly counterculture and its enduring legacies. And there’s an afterword by Utah Phillips!
Contents
By way of introduction : on Wobblies & their songs. Preface / Archie Green ; Lost and found : other IWW songs and poems / Franklin Rosemont ; "Their horrid gold" : John Handcox and the uncopyrighted red songbook / David Roediger ; Sizzlooks, scissorbills, sab cats and songs : language and image in Wobbly expressive art forms / Salvatore Salerno
All the songs from the IWW song book, 1909-1973
Other IWW songs & poems, somehow not included in the Little red songbook
Variants & parodies : how Wobblies & others adapted and/or updated their songs
Songwriters tell their stories. How I wrote the "Red flag" / Jim Connell ; On "Hallelulah on the bum" / Harry McClintock ; The story of the IWW's Little red song book / Richard Brazier ; Joe Hill and the Wobbly song tradition / Carlos Cortez
History & commentary : diverse reflections on the Wobbly song tradition. John Neuhaus, Wobbly folklorist / Archie Green ; Glossary of labor language ; The older songs of labor / Fred W. Thompson ; "How long are you in town?" : two stolen songs find their way home / Judy Branfman ; Labor arts and the first recorded IWW album / Bill Friedland ; Feeling a thought through song / Virginia Martin ; Charles H. Kerr and America's first socialist songbook / Fred W. Thompson ; Afterword / Utah Phillips.

Additional Information
Subjects Industrial Workers of the World -- Songs and music -- Texts.
Industrial Workers of the World -- Songs and music.
Working class -- Songs and music -- Texts.
Working class -- Songs and music.
Labor movement -- Songs and music -- Texts.
Labor movement -- Songs and music.
Work songs -- Texts.
Work songs -- History and criticism.
Protest songs -- Texts.
Protest songs -- History and criticism.
Publisher Chicago :Charles H. Kerr,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles 250-plus IWW songs
Contributors Green, Archie.
Branfman, Judy.
Language English
Description viii, 538 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-503), discography (pages 505-528), and index.
ISBN 0882862782
9780882862781
0882862774 (pbk.)
9780882862774 (pbk.)
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