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Thread #94830 Message #1838787
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
19-Sep-06 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Joe Glazer (1918-2006)
Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Glazer (19 Sep 06)
Joe Glazer bought his first guitar through mailorder for $5.95. His
guitar became a tool that he used on picket lines, union halls, concert halls and the lawn of the White House. Hefought for workers rights to a decent wage and safe workingconditions. He shared stages and sang for Eleanor Roosevelt,Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lydon Johnson, Jimmy Carter,Bill Clinton and others. He worked alongside Waler Reuther,Ceasar Chavez, George Meany and other leaders of the labormovement. He taught us the importance of song as he wrote,
collected and shared music of the labor movement.
Along with Edith Fowke, Joe Glazer was the co-author of "Songs of Work and Protest" and recorded numerous albums on his own Collector Records label, which recently became part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection, insuring that future generations will benefit from his work.
Recently, Joe became the subject of a documentary film called "Labor's Troubadour", also the title of his autobiography that was published in 2001 by the University of Illinois Press.
Joe wrote many songs, and one of the most memorable was "The Mill Was Made of Marble", a song that he wrote around 1947 after recalling the first eight lines from an old union newspaper, yet years later he could not locate that source. However the song came to him, it will always be sung.