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

By: Rosemont, Franklin

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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

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

Author Name: Rosemont, Franklin

Categories: Activism, Rebellion & Politics
, Money & Business
, Spoken Word & Music
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Publisher: Charles Kerr: 2003

ISBN Number: 882862642

Binding: Trade paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 650 p. Contai

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