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Now that the unions are strong it is difficult to realize the agonies that were suffered by those who tried to organize and join them in the early days. The grimness of the 30s has little relevance to the easy life of the sixties. And when the songs of the early union organizing days are listened to again they seem harsh and overdrawn. Perhaps even melodramatic but the times were harsh and often the fight seemed hopeless. Woody Guthrie had a sign posted on his guitar that said this machine kills fascists and more than once had to fight his way out of a union meeting with his guitar breaking it over the heads of those who had tried to break up the meeting. JACK ELLIOT here sings a song written by Woody that recounts an actual incident. Were heard.
Are our. Dog. And walk. Their dog.
So it's. A little. Heads and one of them.
No I'm a. Money. With that kind of happening. This talking blues of woodies does not come as a surprise except perhaps for its relative restraint. I'm the meanest Lenin ever to bring us together is laying something like as if the poison is less but it ever. Madonna get. In the way of the people that are like the
train wreck in the. Car. The people I was born. In don't
read. Do you get in the. Middle of the road.
Never. Even so. As with the dust there was room for laughter for anyone to write them a dignified one. Besides they said it doesn't have the words in the Koran. It is a good start but
to me. That was Pete Seeger. John Greenway American folklorist later recorded a completed version of the Ladies Auxiliary. Here is Professor Greenway the lady is all good. It's the best dog that you ever did. It's the women women and we all know of others through riding on the subway
along the street. Things are when the are really someone in the lower garden the blossom mom. Some of the groceries and some of like just some of our women. Or the ladies are the best bet you ever did see it in the.
Broadside magazine published in New York devote itself mainly to the publication of topical songs. One of the editors was an early member of the Almanac Singers and one of the early issues of broadside magazine he recounts the early days of the Almanac Singers The Allman axing those were organized in the early spring of 1041 Pete Seeger got together with Lee Hayes in New York City and the two started singing around. They were joined by Lee's roommate Mel Lem pell mell played no instrument never pretended he could sing but he fitted in with his ability to think up good lyrics and played a key part in the creation of quite a few Allman ECK songs. Along about June Woody Guthrie who had given big time commercial radio world and found it extremely distasteful in fact unendurable joined the group. They were also generally some eight or ten other persons not always the same whom one might I suppose call second team Allman acts. All my house at
1:30 West Tenth Street was one of those quite narrow places with us a basement like houses of this sort that had originally been a one family residence. Next door was a firehouse and one evening a delegation of firemen going about the neighborhood in the interests of Defense preparations dropped in to invite the almanacs to come over and be taught how to put out fires which might result if there were air raids. The Almanack men folks kept his appointment but found out quickly that the kind of lives they were being forced to live with resultant nutritional insufficiency was not conducive to physical fitness. Were they by grim determination and did manage to drag his section of hose up a practice fire escape. None of the others made it. World War 2 resulted in the disbanding of the Almanac Singers after the war it reformed with Lee Hayes Pete Seeger Fred Heller and Ronnie Gilbert and became known as the Weavers. Our next program will follow Woody to the northwest.
Hard travelin'
Union days, part two
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In this program, the second of two parts, we continue our look at Woody's participation in the organizing of the unions.
A series about Woody Guthrie and his Depression-era folk music.
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Host: Adams, Judith
Performer: Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967
Producing Organization: University of Texas
Producing Organization: KUT (Radio station : Austin, Tex.)
Speaker: Geer, Will
Writer: Tangley, Ralph
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Identifier: 68-1-9 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:14:40
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