The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56813   Message #890372
Posted By: Art Thieme
14-Feb-03 - 12:12 PM
Thread Name: Joe Hill's Ashes
Subject: RE: Joe Hill's Ashes
Dear Ian,

YES, that is the very same JOE HILL whose ashes are being discussed here. Joe was a great working people's songwriter who was mudered by a firing squad in the state of Utah (USA) in 1915 after being convicted on trumped up charges. If you ever doubt the power that songs can have, review the details of Joe Hill's life. Joe was murdered by the state because his songs were viewed as too dangerous to the poers that be/were who were the mining interests of Utah. Put his name into a search engine and you will have so much reading material that you could easily spend the next month in front of your computer.

What might be confusing to you is that sometimes when we talk about "Utah" we are speaking of our great friend, a real person, whose NAME is Utah----U. Utah Phillips (sometimes known as Bruce Phillips. Please don't confuse this good man with the U.S.A.'s State of Utah.

Art Thieme

In solidarity,

Art Thieme