Against the Grain

Songs of Struggle, Songs of Hope

There was plenty of labor militancy in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Much of that militancy was met with violence; workers were brutalized and sometimes murdered for organizing to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. These sometimes life-and-death struggles were enshrined in song. Mat Callahan talks about the tunes he and Yvonne Moore have revived on a new CD and companion songbook. (Encore presentation.)

Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, Working-Class Heroes PM Press, 2019

Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook PM Press, 2019

Playlist

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
BiggabushIlu Baje (Sick State)Biggabush Presents Lightning Head: 13 Faces of Lightning HeadMERLIN - Tru Thoughts
Dhamaal SoundsystemR/evolutionDhamaal SoundsystemDhamaal SF - Surya Vault Records
Mat Callahan/Yvonne MooreI Hate The Capitalist SystemWorking-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in SongFree Dirt Records
Mat Callahan/Yvonne MooreThe Murder Of Harry SimmsWorking-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in SongFree Dirt Records
Mat Callahan/Yvonne MooreToiling On Life's Pilgrim PathwayWorking-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in SongFree Dirt Records
Mat Callahan/Yvonne MooreJoe HillWorking-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in SongFree Dirt Records
Mat Callahan/Yvonne MooreThe Commonwealth Of ToilWorking-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in SongFree Dirt Records
Dhamaal SoundsystemR/evolutionDhamaal SoundsystemDhamaal SF - Surya Vault Records
David AxelrodHoly ThursdaySong Of InnocenceUMG - EMI Catalogue
Conjure OneDamascusConjure OneWMG - Nettwerk Records
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