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 IWWs 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 Im a Bum, Jack Langans 1960s version of Solidarity Forever, an Earth First! adaptation of Joe Hills 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 theres an afterword by Utah Phillips!
ContentsBy 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.
Industrial Workers of the World
-- Songs and music
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
|Other Titles|| 250-plus IWW songs
viii, 538 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-503), discography (pages 505-528), and index.