Don't Mourn - Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill

Don't Mourn - Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill


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The inclusion of Joan Baez's version of "Joe Hill" on the Woodstock album has been single-handedly responsible for keeping Joe Hill in the public consciousness. Sad but true, for Joe Hill, poet, songwriter, and organizer, was the most popular intentionally proletarian artist in American culture. Not an easy feat, especially considering how many people have tried to be popular proletarian artists. This album, named after Joe Hill's famous last words before he was executed by the State of Utah, is a testament to Hill's power as a musical and cultural figure. It also attempts to secure his place in our memory; Baez won't last forever, of course. The album consists of two elements, Hill songs performed by important interpreters and songs about Hill, again in historically important performances. Among the former, number Harry McClintock singing "The Preacher and the Slave," Pete Seeger doing "Casey Jones (The Union Scab)," and Cisco Houston's version of "The Tramp." The latter category contains the more varied and more interesting contributions. Among these are poet Kenneth Patchen's spoken word piece "Joe Hill Listens to the Praying," Billy Bragg singing Phil Ochs' "Joe Hill," and both Paul Robeson and Earl Robinson performing the Robinson-penned number Baez made her own, "Joe Hill," with its classic line, "I never died said he." Excellent as an album and as a cultural document, hopefully this album will not let us forget the important legacy, a sense of purpose, Joe Hill bequeathed to our culture.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1992
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074002629
catalogNumber: 40026
Rank: 72935


  1. Joe Hill
  2. Joe Hill's Last Will
  3. Joe Hill's Ashes
  4. The Preacher and the Slave
  5. Joe Hill
  6. Paper Heart
  7. Casey Jones
  8. Mr. Block
  9. Joe Hill Listens to the Praying
  10. The Tramp
  11. Joe Hill
  12. The White Slave
  13. Narrative
  14. The Rebel Girl
  15. There Is Power in a Union @@Entertainment Workers IU 630

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hazel Dickens   Vocals,Track Performer
Cisco Houston   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Si Kahn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Faith Petric   Vocals
Utah Phillips   Vocals,Narrator,Track Performer
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Robeson   Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Bragg   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Earl Robinson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Kate Taylor   Vocals
Chris Thompson   Banjo
Mary Travers   Vocals
Fred Holstein   Vocals
Tom Adams   Banjo
Joe Glazer   Narrator,Track Performer
Bob Bovee   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Booth   Piano
Bruce Brackney   Vocals
Jeff Cahill   Vocals
Zoe Collimore   Vocals
Dudley Connell   Guitar
Alfred Esteban Cortez   Vocals,Track Performer
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn   Narrator,Track Performer
J.B. Freeman   Vocals
Eric Glatz   Vocals
Debbie Hand   Vocals
Simon Kahn   Guitar,Vocals
Nancy Kurz   Vocals
Harry McClintock   Vocals
David McLaughlin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Robin Oye   Mandolin,Vocals
Mats Paulson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Ross   Banjo,Vocals
Dave Sear   Vocals
Song Swappers   Vocals,Track Performer
Marion Wade   Vocals
Wiggy   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Kathy Taylor   Vocals
Chris Thomson   5-string Banjo
Mark Levy   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hazel Dickens   Arranger
Billy Bragg   Composer
Sam Eskin   Interviewer
Gunnar Bergsten   Producer
Step Parikian   Engineer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Rich Warren   Engineer
Charleston Folk   Producer
Laura Parenteau   Producer
Mike Rivers   Engineer
Edmund Robinson   Producer
Bart Saylor   Producer
Lori Elaine Taylor   Producer
Gunnar Bergstrom   Producer
Carlos Cortez   Engineer

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