Here’s an article that I wrote for the Music For Democracy website on the interchange between music and politics. I tried to isolate different approaches to the question of music and politics and then pick one musician that exemplified each approach.
Today, in honor of the recently completed U.S. Social Forum held in Detroit, I’m posting up a 1955 LP by John Greenway. Greenway was a Folklore/Anthropology/English professor at the University of Colorado back in the 50’s and 60’s and wrote an excellent book called “American Folksongs of Protest,” published in 1953. On this LP Greenway, also a good folksinger records a selection of the protest, topical and labor songs he talks about in the book. Its a cool record and an excellent compilation of material that is hard to find recorded examples of elsewhere. Greenway’s strong suit is the Woody Guthrie material he covers on here, he does a good Guthrie.
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Below are the notes, click to enlarge: