Much of today's show was prepared from bits of moments recorded at the
National Folk Alliance in Nashville.
Big Thanks to our fund raising public who continue to support our right to freely express and who brought our drive to an end in four days! In responce to many many compliments on our peace rally coverage today's show concerns
Songs about censorship, our First Amendment and political songwriting
1. James Keelaghan - Never Gonna Stop This Train
James Keelaghan - Recent Future
"not as long as there's a hope of freedom deep down in a human breast"
2. Presenters of "Freedom Sings" : a dangerous topical song from
"you dare to show your faces brave, in spite of every abject slave"
Ken Paulson is the executive director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville. I aired a portion of his "Feedom Sings" presentation from the Nashville Folk Alliance. Troubadors of 1735 were the magazines and journalists of their day. John Peter Zanger published a newspaper which criticized the king. In 1735 he was arrested and his song publishing confiscated also. Andrew Hamilton,expressed the revolutionary idea that people should be set free when they speak the truth. This, in a country without a first amendment, was revolutionary, as people used to suffer for making a public elect feel bad.
3. Joan Baez - Joe Hill
One Day at a Time - Vanguard
Jumping to 1909...Joel Haggland, Joseph Hillsturm, Joe Hill...this fighter for workers rights produced union songs in a "little red songbook" but was hung on hung in 1915. He said "Dont waste time mourning - organize!"
4. Chad Mitchell Trio - John Birch Society
Live at the Bitter End - Folk Era
5 John McCutcheon - Ashcroft's Army
A modern example of keeping your eye on the political leanings of the public
First Amendment center speaks about Broadside history. Two centuries earlier they would be handing out the pamphlets of Tom Payne, but in the 60's Broadside contained new American Anthyms and writer's including Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Buffy St. Marie, Bob Dylan and the prolific Phil Ochs.
6. Phil Ochs - I Aint a Marching Anymore
40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Folk Festival
Josh Dunson, Phil's friend during the Broadside years and now an agent for political and multicultural musicians, comments on a few memories. Phil spent much of one evening as Josh listened, convincing a man to change from his racial ways. Josh said the man, after hearing Ochs, shifted his position slightly.
9. Kim and Reggie Harris - (Ochs) Changes
Simplicity - Appleseed www.applessedrec.com
Kim speaks over the playing of this cut, about how she feels about singing this song.
10. Kim and Reggie Harris - Big Big World
Simplicity - Appleseed www.applessedrec.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Reggie says: "When I write political songs and when they come to me (Phil) is one of the people I hold in my heart and in my head...I feel priveledged to walk in his footsteps"
11. Garnet Rogers - (Ochs) Crucifixion
Speaking Softly in the Dark - Snow Goose
Garnet: "Phil Ochs was one of my real heroes as a kid...he was such a fearless guy...said and wrote what he thought like Damn the torpedos!...he was a major major figure for me."
The Smother's Brothers performance of Phil's Draft Dogger Rag was never broadcast due to censorship. Ken Paulsen explaned the FBI's involvement in the Kingman's Louis Louis, followed by the Freedom Singer's medley of some songs banned due to percieved drug references. John Kay of Steppenwolf explained a conflict with lyric censorhip hours before a concert. After reluctantly signing an agreement not to sing certain words in "The Pusher", Kay told the crowd " we didn't make any such promise on your behalf".
Aired an urging by John Mccutcheon to attend the upcoming Phil Ochs night at Sullivan County Community College's Seelig theater. He said that this is the way the public can voice their opinions.
"Of course the people don't want war... That is understood. But...
the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is
easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce
the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
It works the same in any country." --Hermann
Goering at the Nuremberg trials, 1946 from "Nuremberg Diary," by G. M. Gilbert.
15. Charlie King - Stinking Badges
Puppet Town - http://www.charlieking.org
16. Peter Siegel - Talking Denial
Move the Mob - Real People's Music
On Peter Siegel's website he includes this artlicle by, as he says, an unlikely critic of the right wing:
By WILLIAM SAFIRE17. Adam Brodsky - Uncivil Rights
New York Times
November 14, 2002
WASHINGTON --If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you:
Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend -- all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."
Si Kahn promotes the Phil Ochs night:
"I'm not going to be in the Catskills on March 9th, but if I were, I'd be at the Phil Ochs night at the Sullivan County community college's Seelig Theatre at 5pm I hope you'll be there in my place"
18. Si Kahn - When the War is Done
Joe Hill Music Real People Music email@example.com
"I probably wrote it 2 or 3 weeks ago. (Scott Ainslie put some wonderful slide work down on it, but really simple.) The song is asking a basic question. We assume that the administration is going to go to war, and we assume that the to war will be won, whatever that means. Right? What we don't know is how much damage there will be in the immediate sense, how many witll die, be wounded; both our own soldiers and the soldiers and civilians of countries that get involved. And we we don't know how many will die in this country as a result of counter attacks. But we also don't know what it will do to us as individual people or a collective people to be party to a war being fought in our name, with our support even if we oppose it; being faught with our tax dollars. We share the responsibility in whatever happens. I trust, but I also fear, that wars come home. You can try to fight a war in another country but the war comes home in many ways, so in the song Im asking what will happen to the rest of us when the war is done."
19. Joe Jencks – We Cry Out
What Kind of Brother – Turtle Bear Music
www.joejencks.com www.turtlebearmusic.com firstname.lastname@example.org
"No more, I will not fight this battle" A song about his grandfather coming from Ireland to the United States
20. Joan Baez - There But For Fortune
First 10 Years - Vanguard
21. Les Barker - http://www.mrsackroyd.com/
"Show me the arms you have not got"
22. SOnia - Is There Anybody Here?
The Songs of Phil Ochs. http://www.slicedbread.com/artists/catalogochs.html
23. Peggy Seeger/Irene Scott - Good War
Almost Commercially Viable - http://www.slicedbread.com
"war is for fingers that itch, too good for the few who are digging pay dirt"
Remember, Disney pays Peter Jenning's salary; General Electric
I played our "democracynow.org" promo. Weekdays at 9am.
24. John McCutcheon - Hail to the Chief
off his website www.folkmusic.com/
24. Cindy Mangsen/Steve Gillette - The Highwayman
Phil Ochs: What's That I Hear? - http://www.slicedbread.com
Cindy spoke about Phil's poetic pieces and Steve shared a memory of Phil borrowing his guitar and disappearing at the gas light one evening.
25. Greg Greenway - In the Name of Love
Something Worth Fighting For - http://www.greggreenway.com/
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