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silverwhistle
02:05 pm - Greetings - with info on new Joe Hill biography
Hi! New member here! I come bearing gifts and eye-candy! Thought you'd like to know about this article in the Guardian. I've ordered the new Adler biography, and will be interested to see his arguments in full. The NY Times piece is very good. I'd known the Hayes/Robinson song for years (my parents are Robeson fans, and I heard The Laggan perform it in the early '80s) and a little of the story, but I'd never seen any photos of him before... so I must confess myself smitten!
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From:lovableatheist
Date:September 13th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing the links and welcome to the (mostly inactive) community! Hopefully, we can breathe some new light into it.

I've heard of the new biography of Joe Hill. When you read it, I'd love to hear some thoughts on it. I plan on reading it one day, but I'd love to hear what others think about it.
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From:silverwhistle
Date:September 13th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I'll post on it!
Another good book I got lately was Rosa Luxemburg's letters. She's a long-term heroine of mine. (I played her in a balloon-debate at high school, some 30 years ago!)

I'll definitely post on Joe. I'm still reeling from the fact I'd never realised he was so jaw-droppingly gorgeous, as well as courageous and talented... I love his songs: a sort of musical common ancestor of both Woody Guthrie and Tom Lehrer, all the more remarkable because he didn't learn English until his 20s. To be able to write humour and wordplay in a second language is a rare talent.
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From:lovableatheist
Date:September 13th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Great! I look forward to hearing about it!
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From:silverwhistle
Date:September 14th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
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Meanwhile, here's a slice of 'Pie' from Joe (with some lovely pics):


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From:silverwhistle
Date:September 15th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Mr Red, Hot and Swedish has arrived through the post... Will report more later, but the book looks very good. I was thrilled to note that he and his brother travelled from Sweden via Hull, where I grew up and my parents currently live. I can now pass though the station there and think "Joe was here."

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