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 1.  Joe Hill: The IWW & the Making of a Revolutionary Working Class Counterculture

Rosemont, Franklin Charles Kerr 2003 882862642 Trade paperback


JOE HILL (1877-1915) is the best-known figure in the heroic history of the Indus trial Workers of the World (a.k.a. Wobblies). U.S. labor's most world-renowned martyr and celebrated song-writer, he is remembered above all for his songs in the Little Red Song Book: The Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky), Mr Block, There Is Power in a Union, and many more that are still popular on picketlines today. Franklin Rosemont's important new book presents a fresh and in-depth study of the life and work of the famous Wobbly bard, and of the revolutionary counter-culture he came to personify. Older books on Hill focused on the crime he didn't commit, his frame-up and martyrdom. This study sheds new light on those topics-particularly on the ongoing use of frame-up in the U.S. justice system-but its overall focus is on Hill's ideas and activity: as songwriter, poet, artist, hobo, thinker, humorist, and archetypal rank-and-file Wobbly. No other book discusses in such detail Hill's views on capitalism, white supremacy, gender issues, religion, wilderness, law, and prison, as well as on songwriting, humor, direct action, and revolutionary industrial union-ism. Several chapters explore Hill's little-known work as a cartoonist. Collected here for the first time is all his art, including his one surviving painting. The scores of other illustrations feature Hill-inspired art by IWWs from Ralph Chaplin to Carlos Cortez, and by such other labor artists as Mike Alewitz, Gary Huck, Mike Konopacki, and Lisa Lyons. Examining Hill's status as a near-mythic figure in history as well as his enormous influence-on Wob artists; other radicals, songwriters, and poets; on movements as varied as the 1910s Chicago Renaissance and the 1950s Beat Generation-Rosemont also examines the many appearances by Hill and the IWW in popular culture, including mass-market mysteries, science-fiction, and rock'n'roll. In chapters on The Hobo Contribution to Critical Theory, Wobblies Against Whit 
Price: 20.00 USD

 2.  The Big Red Songbook: 250-Plus IWW Songs!

Green, Archie (Editor), and Roediger, David (Editor), and Rosemont, Franklin (Editor) Charles Kerr 2007 882862774 Trade paperback


America's foremost folklorist and the founder of laborlore...and his collaborators explore the IWW song tradition with marvelous insight. -Paul Buhle Best collection of rebel workers songs and poems ever compiled: all the songs that appeared in the IWW s celebrated little red songbook from 1909 through 1973 plus scores of others. Songs of Joe Hill, T-Bone Slim, Dick Brazier, Ralph Chaplin, Dublin Dan Liston, Covington Hall, John Brill and other Wobbly greats. For the first time anywhere, a good selection of songs by women Wobbies: Agnes Thecla Fair, Laura Payne Emerson, Sophie Fagin, Jane Street, Laura Tanne and others. Not least, songs and poems by the colorful bunch of Wob soapboxers who frequented Chicago s Dil Pickle Club and Bughouse Square including G. G. Florine, Lionel Moise, James Rohn, Jim Seymour, and Bert Weber. 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. The essays by the editors and Judy Branfman, Richard Brazier, James Connell, Carlos Cortez, Bill Friedland, Virginia Martin, Haywire Mac, Fred Thompson and Utah Phillips not only provide historical/ biographical context, but also a wide range of perspectives on the Wobbly counterculture and its enduring legacies. Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating detail, a must for anyone interested in song, labor history, workers culture, and the struggle for a better world. -Paul Garon 
Price: 24.00 USD



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