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Ronnie Gilbert!

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Subject: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Peter T.
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 09:59 AM

your intrepid Mudcat Reporter went to hear Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers last night in Toronto. She answered questions after a showing of the "Wasn't That A Time" film, and proceeded to blow everyone away. What a woman! About 5 times bigger than life. At one point a teenager in the audience said that he had never heard of her and the Weavers, but that just listening to her was totally inspiring. An activist asked her how she kept going -- we are here to inspire each other, she said. She talked about her plays (one on the story of Mother Jones), her time under the blacklist (a black teenager wanted to know about Paul Robeson, and she talked about him). Your intrepid reporter asked her about how she had been turned on to women's issues, and she talked about the influence of Adrienne Rich's poetry, and her experiences on the West Coast. All in the space of a half hour. What a woman (or did I say that already?).

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 10:42 AM

Wowww!!!!!

Cool beans!!!!


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 10:49 AM

Peter I thank you for your report and I'm happy to say that my envy is as great as your happiness.......Sounded like a wonderful evening.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 02:09 PM

In two days, Saturday night, I'll be heading in to the Chicago suburbs to hear a concert at the big theater at the College Of Dupage (Dupage County). The performers are a fine bunch of old friends, Michael Smith (as Lee Hays), Mark Dvorak (as Pete Seeger), Barbara Barrow-Smith (as Ronnie Gilbert) and Tom Dundee (as Fred Hellerman).

Collectively, the are known as W E A V E R M A N I A !!!

Next month the group is doing their show at the OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC in Chicago and (get this) FRANK HAMILTON---once a member of the Weavers (and a founder of the O.T.S. of Folk Music)--- will be the "opening act". Somehow, I think Frank just may join the other four for a few songs. Yep, that's the same Frank Hamilton who adds his two centavos here at Mudcat on occasion.

Anyhow, this info seemed it might fit into this thread pretty nicely.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Sean Belt
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 02:31 PM

You know, it's a terrible thing to admit, but every time I see a thread titled with a person's name, I'm certain it's going to be an obituary. Thank goodness this one wasn't! :-)


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Subject: Ronnie Gilbert
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 05:15 PM

I tried sending a message to the e-mail contact address
on the Ronnie Gilbert website. It was returned with
a delivery permanent failure.
Is Ronnie Gilbert well, still doing her one-woman show,
and does anyone know how to contact her?
Thanks, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:09 PM

She sent an email to a newspaper two weeks ago on the passing of Erik Darling.
Look in his memorial thread started by Stringsinger 4 Aug.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert
From: pdq
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:43 PM

I'm not saying that a Ronnie Gilbert item is not in the Erik Darling obit thread, just that I looked and did not find one.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 09:38 PM

Looks like a number of pages are missing on the Ronnie Gilbert Website, http://www.ronniegilbert.com/ - she says she's updating the site. Maybe the e-mail associated with the site isn't working, either. She did e-mail the Associated Press about the death of Erik Darling - I added the AP obit to the Erik Darling thread after pdq made mention of it.
I can't find a current performance schedule for Ronnie Gilbert.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert
From: open mike
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:37 PM

this is the e-mail address given on her web page. rg@ronniegilbert.com
she did a one one woman show on Mother Jones.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 02:58 AM

I wonder if ronnie ever thought when she was starting with the weavers that 50 years later she would be a topic of a forum lok


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 04:47 AM

Well, fifty years ago, even Al Gore hadn't thought of the Internet. Wikipedia says Ronnie was born September 7, 1926, which makes her almost 85 years old. I wonder how she's doing.

I posted a link above to Ronnie's Website, ronniegilbert.net. I see it now leads to a real estate firm. Luckily, Archive.org still has a copy of Ronnie's Website - Click here.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 07:30 AM

I love her singing.

By the way, Gore never said he invented the internet. What he said was he helped develop it for government use.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,999
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 08:49 AM

Wikipedia has a bio.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,Doug Saum
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 12:55 PM

God bless Ronnie Gilbert. We can't rely on commercial media to celebrate the Weavers. Does everyone know about Ruth Crawford Seeger's (Pete's step-mother's) life and major contribution in creating the music the Weavers (and probably you, too) performed? It's a fascinating story of conscious political art that casts a long shadow.
May well the world go, Doug


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert of Weavers in Toronto
From: GUEST,banjopicker
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 05:16 PM

Ronnie opened the road for many women folk singers and other singers after her. It's because of her I can sing.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 11 - 05:30 PM

Ronnie had her 70th birthday tour in 1996, so I guess that makes her about 85. She hasn't updated her website since 2006. I hope she's doing OK.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Elmore
Date: 04 Nov 11 - 12:34 PM

When Ronnie was 83, she was living in Caspar, Ca with her daughter and happy to be done with touring. I presume she's OK.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,banjopicker
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 08:51 AM

I just ordered the dvd Festival! newport. I heard that there's footage of ronnie singing "masters of war" anyone know if it's true


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jan 13 - 02:43 AM

Meg - see /thread.cfm?threadid=148946 for lyrics top "Love Will Find a Way."
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert! a song
From: GUEST,Martha
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 01:39 AM

Does this song description ring a bell with anyone?

(I emailed this to rg@ronniegilbert.com but it was bounced back.)

Dear Ronnie Gilbert,
Many years ago I was at a concert where you and Lee Hays, or maybe it was Fred
Hellerman, sang a song about a man and his wife thinking about each other.

If my memory isn't too far off, the man was working in the farm fields, and
the woman was working in the house. The refrain was, "Round about now", and
then a verse telling what one was imagining the other doing while they were
apart, taking turns. Does this sound familiar?I have tried searching for it several times, to no avail.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 09:41 PM

Do you mean "Bring Me Little Water Sylvie"?
Or it could be The Deaf Woman's Courtship


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Amos
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 11:10 PM

In any case thanks for resurrecting the immortal voice of the much admired Peter T. He has been away too long.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 03:58 AM

Every time this thread gets refreshed, I hope to see updated information about Ronnie Gilbert. Does anyone know how she's doing?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 04:03 AM

The song Martha Guest is asking about sounds like "Round About Now", which I heard recorded by Harry Belafonte. I just remember the opening line: "round about now, my woman's waiting". Is that the one?   If so, I'm sure more info could be found by googling those lines.


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Subject: ADD: 'Long About Now (Hellerman/Minkoff)
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 04:07 AM

OK...maybe this should be on a different thread. It's called "Long About Now" by Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff.

Is this the one?

'LONG ABOUT NOW
(Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff)

'Long about now, my woman's waking
Shaking the sleep from out of her eyes
Smiling a smile so warm
That smile is making the morning sun
Ashamed to rise

'Long about now, my woman's bending
Tending the fire and setting the bread
Starting a song so sweet
That at its ending the fire
Is burning extra red

'Long about now, my woman's waiting
Shading the sun from off of her brow
Searching the winding road with eyes that
Try to find me

And longing after me, 'long about now
'Long about now, 'long about now


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 05:53 AM

Thanks, Larry.
I'll leave your response and Martha's question in this thread for a while, since this is where Martha asked it (and where she is most likely to find it). Then, if I remember, I'll move it to a thread titled "'Long About Now."
-Joe Offer, Mudcat Archivist-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,Martha
Date: 22 Mar 13 - 02:18 AM

Thanks for the responses, GUEST, and Larry Saidman!
This memory is from quite a while ago but I'm almost sure the female singer, who I think was Ronnie, sang a verse about what she imagined her husband was doing while he worked in the field, and the male singer who was in the Weavers, (Lee or Fred-I would have remembered better if it was Pete Seeger because he was more familiar to me) sang a verse about what his wife was doing working in the house and it went back and forth a few times.
I'll try to find "Bring Me Little Water Sylvie", "The Deaf Woman's Courtship", and "Long About Now" and see (hear) if any seem familiar.

    I added the links. -Joe Offer, Mudcat Archivist-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 05:18 PM

Does anyone have current contact information for Ronnie Gilbert?
Is she well, still active ??

Thanks! Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 07:29 PM

Hi, Thomas - I'd like to know, too. I'll betcha Holly Near's agent could give you up-to-date information.
http://www.hollynear.com/booking.html


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 10:29 AM

There was a interview in a newspaper with her a few months backs sounds from that like shes doing okay


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 11:13 AM

http://www.ronniegilbert.com/

Email her through that site.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 12:46 PM

GUEST - please identify yourself!
The Ronnie Gilbert website has not been updated for many years,
and e-mail sent to address on that site is undeliverable.
I tried it prior to posting my request for contact info.

Thanks.
Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 01:04 PM

Sorry. I should have checked. Won't happen again.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Elmore
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 01:12 PM

There are so many inactive web sites on line. It's ridiculous


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 03:49 PM

The last I read (within the last year or so) she was retired and living in a retirement community in California.


Jay


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 12:13 AM

I saw Holly Tannen at San Francisco's Camp New Harmony this week. She's been in contact with Ronnie Gilbert recently, and she says Ronnie is doing well and enjoying retirement in a community of old activists in Marin County.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Felipa
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 06:08 PM

that's nice news. I'd be interested in getting the script of Ronnie's play re Mother Jones, and info on what other plays she's written. First time I remember hearing Ronnie Gilbert was on a folk compilation album which came out in the 1960s, singing The Golden Vanity.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST,Bill Amatneek
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 01:51 AM

I believe she's at a retirement home in Mill Valley. I'm hoping she makes it to Faith Petric's memorial at Freight & Salvage on January 15.

Happy New Year to all,
Bill Amatneek


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 10:17 AM

Felipa: try at

Ronnie Gilbert on MOTHER JONES: Face to Face with the Most Dangerous Woman in America (Essay and playscript.)

Google that. There seem to be PDF downloads available.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Elmore
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 01:05 AM

Ronnie appeared earlier this evening (Wed) at the Freight and Salvage in Berkley, Ca , as part of a memorial concert for Faith Petric. She didn't sing, but looked and sounded fine, and was well received.


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Subject: RE: Ronnie Gilbert!
From: Elmore
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 01:10 AM

P.S. What Ronnie did perform were a couple of recitations.


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