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Socialist and Labor Songs: An International Revolutionary Songbook
     

Socialist and Labor Songs: An International Revolutionary Songbook

by Elizabeth Morgan (Editor), U. Utah Phillips (Preface by)
 

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Compiled from several generations in America and from around the world, the songs and sheet music in this compendium were originally written in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish. From Industrial Workers of the World anthems such as “The Preacher and the Slave” to Lenin’s favorite 1905 revolutionary anthem

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Compiled from several generations in America and from around the world, the songs and sheet music in this compendium were originally written in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish. From Industrial Workers of the World anthems such as “The Preacher and the Slave” to Lenin’s favorite 1905 revolutionary anthem “Whirlwinds of Danger,” many of the world’s greatest radical songwriters are anthologized herein: Edith Berkowitz, Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Chaplin, James Connolly, Havelock Ellis, Emily Fine, Arturo Giovaniti, Joe Hill, Langston Hughes, William Morris, James Oppenheim, Teresina Rowell, Anna Spencer, Maurice Sugar, and dozens more. Old favorites and hidden gems can once again energize and accompany picket lines, demonstrations, meetings, sit-ins, marches, and May Day parades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604863925
Publisher:
PM Press
Publication date:
02/15/2014
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,391,717
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)

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Socialist and Labor Songs

An International Revolutionary Songbook


By Elizabeth Morgan

PM Press

Copyright © 2014 PM Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60486-904-0



PREFACE

PREFACE

by Utah Phillips


Several years ago I had the privilege of performing at the Inn at Celo, North Carolina. While there I was taken to meet an extraordinary gentleman named Ernest Morgan. During our visit, Mr. Morgan showed me the manuscript of a songbook, the one you now hold in your hand, completed in 1958 by Elizabeth Morgan, his wife. Elizabeth Morgan was an enormously talented and energetic woman, who, besides being a fine musician and singer, was also a progressive educator and a deeply committed social and political activist. By the time of her death in 1971, her achievements were great, but the manuscript of songs so patiently compiled remained unpublished.

There I stood in Mr. Morgan's house, with this precious collection in my hands, turning page after page of treasures. Some greeted me as old friends: Harry McClintock's "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" or Joe Hill's "The Preacher and the Slave." Only recently I had been leading participants in a homeless rally in singing Maurice Sugar's "Soup Song." But for the most part, these songs were unknown to me; either they or I had strayed off into some parallel branch of political music and had passed each other by. I had always known of our political and social movements as singing movements, and have been continually astonished at the scope and variety of our people's music. And I am always prepared to be astonished again as I was when I first sampled Elizabeth Morgan's collection. I instinctively knew that it had to be carried through to publication, and who better to publish it than Charles H. Kerr?

It's taken a while, but here it is! These songs are like endangered species that have been restored to the present, to the land of the living. They stuck up for us long ago during dark and troubled times. Our times are dark and troubled, too, but our old songs are still here with us to see us through. Sing away!


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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Morgan is a longtime socialist activist who ran for Congress in Ohio on the Socialist ticket. She is a progressive educator and founder of the Arthur Morgan School, a progressive boarding school for grades seven through nine in Burnsville, North Carolina. She lives in Chicago. Utah Phillips was a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, and poet who often promoted the Industrial Workers of the World in his music, actions, and words.

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