We don’t forget the Kent State Shootings, May 4, 1970…
The photo above is from the Baton Rouge LSU campus - the site of one of numerous rallies nationwide in the wake of the outrage perpetrated by the Ohio National Guard.
And finally a rousing, Pete Seeger-led version of Solidarity Forever…
From the 1955 re-issue of The Almanac Singers’ Talking Union & Other Union Songs
The Almanac Singers: Dear Mr. President - from Dear Mr. President, 1942
The Almanac Singers: We Shall Not Be Moved - from Talking Union & Other Union Songs, 1941
The Almanac Singers, from left: Woody Guthrie, Millard Lampell, Ms. Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, and Sis Cunningham. (Baldwin Hawes/ File 1942)
Celebrating Pete Seeger’s 94th b-day, and the subject of my next academic paper as well: The Almanac Singers…
The Almanac Singers: The Dodger Song - from Sod Buster Ballads, 1941
Link Wray: The Swag, 1958 B-side of Rumble
Guitarist Link Wray (May 2, 1929 - 2005) was one of the first Native American recording artists to produce a major hit…
Rumble was released in 1958 to immediate acclaim by young people (it is one of the only instrumentals to be banned from airplay, due to its supposed ability to incite rebellion and rioting) - later generations will know it from the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction…
Link played a heavy, distorted lead guitar and his raw sound has influenced power guitarists from Pete Townsend to Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Wray lived his last decades in Denmark and is buried in Copenhagen…
Judy Collins: Song For Judith (Open The Door) - from Living, 1971
Judy Collins, the intense and sincere folk singer/songwriter whose soprano exudes purity, was born May 1, 1939.
Above - Judy Collins in Victor Joris by Cuddlecoat; McCall’s - October 1968 (Photographed by Otto Storch)