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Thread #153529 Message #3623036
Posted By: Jim Carroll
30-Apr-14 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
I agree Joe
MacColl never hid his politics - in fact he 'wore it on his sleeve' - it was evident in the songs he wrote and it made him many enemies.
His politics, as with Pete's and all those of the left, was humanitarian based, and we spent many hours in the Critics Group discussing the political/social nature of traditional song.
The problem wasn't, with him, or anybody who worked with him, not in discussing politics, but in those who would prevent such discussion.
I've seen singers who have been booked to perform at clubs, specifically told, "We don't like political songs here" - sometimes extending the restriction to "contemporary" - or even "accompanied" songs.
I know the problems Ewan and Peggy had in putting together the album of political songs, 'The Angry Muse' for Argo (Decca) - those problems disappeared when they set up their own 'Blackthorn' label, and they could choose what they wanted, without restrictions.
Charles Parker always claimed that the BBC's decision not to make any more radio ballads following 'The Travelling People' was not, as they claimed, financial, but was due to the socio-political nature of their contents.
I simply can't understand why Pete's gentle humanitarianism should be a feature in any of this nonsense.