Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Today's Democracy Now!

* The "Golden Voice of the Great Southwest": Legendary Folk Musician,Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008 *

Utah Phillips, the legendary folk musician and peace and labor activist, hasdied at the age of seventy-three. Over the span of nearly four decades, UtahPhillips worked in what he referred to as "the Trade," performing tirelesslythroughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The son of labororganizers, Phillips was a lifelong member of the Industrial Workers of theWorld, known as the Wobblies. As a teenager, he ran away from home andstarted living as a hobo who rode the rails and wrote songs about hisexperiences. In 1956, he joined the Army and served in the Korean War, anexperience he would later refer to as the turning point of his life. In1968, he ran for the US Senate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. Forthe past twenty-one years he lived in Nevada City, where he started anationally syndicated folk music radio show. He also helped found theHospitality House homeless shelter and the Peace and Justice Center. Wespend the hour with an interview with Phillips from January 2004.



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