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GUEST,jack Warshaw Songs about Aberfan (1966 mining disaster) (122* d) RE: Songs about Aberfan (1966 mining disaster) 07 Jun 10


As far as I can remember, Grey October started at a Critics Group songwriting session at Ewan and Peg's house. Everyone had heard of Aberfan, but few had news of the bombing of a school in Thuydan, Vietnam in which scores of children were killed. We were deeply committed to opposing the war. The idea arose to link the two events. Several of the group, including me, contributed lyrics and suggested melodies. Peggy came back next session with the final melody. It's still a haunting song I think. Glad it was recorded and is still remembered. Sometimes powerful songs fade because they could not be commercially distributed. Compare, for example, Neil Young's "Ohio" with my much more explicit "Kent State Massacre" - one got mass distribution, the other only made it to a "protest" label.


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