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>> Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I'm afraid I have to bump The Godfathers again, this time in solidarity with the struggling laborers of Alaska, who are being asked to slave away for low wages and forced-barter conditions reminiscent of the old company towns where underpaid textile workers or miners were told they shouldn't complain, since the company was providing them with food and a roof (all taken out of their already-small paychecks, naturally).

Pete Seeger performs Florence Reece's 1931 protest anthem, "Which Side Are You On?":

Stay strong, brother!


Random Michelle K Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 8:51:00 PM EDT  

I love Pete Seeger.

My brother and I grew up listening to his Carnegie Hall album (on vinyl!)

So much of my childhood involved wandering around singing protest songs.

But even more than his music, he has such a wonderful voice.

Random Michelle K Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 8:52:00 PM EDT  

Not formally singing protest songs. Just singing them while wandering around, because they were fun to sing.

Eric Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 11:19:00 PM EDT  

John: I'll bet it was an awesome show. I'm envious.

Michelle: And now I will forever have the mental picture of a Little Random Michelle, face smudged with coal dust, carrying a placard and scowling into the camera of a 1930s photographer in a crinkled black and white photo.

Random Michelle K Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 8:08:00 AM EDT  

Just to make it better Eric, here is a picture of me as a blonde waif.

Can you tell me mom made those pants?

Eric Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 9:08:00 AM EDT  

Tres awesome, Michelle. You are far bolder than I; I will never post a childhood picture of myself online nor would I link to it if an unscrupulous family member did!

(Mom, if you read this: don't even think about it.)

Random Michelle K Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 9:33:00 AM EDT  

Eric, my grandfather died days before I turned 5, so I cherish every picture I have of him, and am willing to share them with anyone who'll look. :)

John the Scientist Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:28:00 AM EDT  

Eric - even better - it was a dual headline show, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at Wolftrap. The audience was split evenly between 70 - 80 year olds and 40 - 50 year olds. I was one of maybe 5 people in the whole place under 20.

Eric Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 11:36:00 AM EDT  

John: if you tell me Arlo did his version of Steve Goodman's "City Of New Orleans," I may have to jealously hate you. :-)

John the Scientist Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 12:31:00 PM EDT  

He did. With Pete singing along...


They did a concert together at Wolftrap about every year from the late-80s to the early-90s, but I only saw the one in 1987. The summer of 88 I was in Pittsburgh, 89 - 91 i was in the USSR, and 92 - 98 I was in indentured servitude, errr - Grad Shcool.

I'm glad I went to that one with my dad - he passed away in 90, and that was the last concert we attended together. So, you can hate me, but you'll have to feel guilty about it. :p

Eric Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM EDT  

It sounds like a phenomenal concert, and I am jealous. And I'm glad your last concert with your dad was a great one.

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