Dear Friends:

Progress continues on the two projects I wrote about in last month’s news. In the case of Working Class Heroes, Yvonne and I have completed the recording of 20 songs which will eventually be available on a cd. We’re working to finish the accompanying book which will include musical notation (guitar chords and melodies) for all the songs, plus background information on each song and the people who wrote them. Once this is completed PM Press will announce a publication date.

Songs of Slavery and Emancipation has also taken a big step towards completion. We have confirmed our recording dates of October 6th, 7th and 8th at Berea College in Kentucky. Combined with the songs recorded in Peterboro, NY and Amherst, MA, these recordings will be the bulk of the slave and abolitionist songs in our repertoire. That will leave a few special songs that require a different set up to accomplish but that will be done later in the year. I will give a full report on the status of the project in October’s news.

Public Appearances

After completing the work in Berea, I will travel to New York City to join historian Aaron Leonard in a program entitled Music-Rebellion-Repression. Aaron has written two books, Heavy Radicals and A Threat of the First Magnitude, which deal extensively with FBI surveillance, infiltration and disruption of the New Communist Movement in the Sixties, especially the Revolutionary Union and the Revolutionary Communist Party. Aaron’s working on a new book called The Bureau and the Folksinger, which will delve into the FBI’s attempts to suppress iconic figures such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. We will present the same program in Philadelphia. Please note: the Philly date is before the NYC date. Hope you can make it.

October Wooden Shoe Flier

MusicResistRepress NYC Flier

East Coast

Friday, October 12th – from 7pm to 9pm, Wooden Shoe in Philadelphia, PA . Co-sponsored by Philly Socialists. A joint event with author and musician Mat Callahan and Aaron Leonard, author of The Folksingers & the FBI.

Wednesday, October 17th -7pm-9pm, Marxist Education Project event with Aaron Leonard at The People’s Forum in Manhattan, NYC
320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), Manhattan advance purchase: or The People’s Forum

West Coast

Friday, October 19th in the East Bay. Place TBA, time TBA. Sponsored by Speak Out Now. Discussion w/ Mat Callahan, Anselm Jappe, Donald Nicholson-Smith, George Katsiaficas.

Monday, October 22nd -7pm, Moe’s Books in Berkeley w/ Mat Callahan, George Katsiaficas, Anselm Jappe, and Donald Nicolson-Smith

Tuesday, October 23rd -5pm to 9pm, Symposium on 1968 at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Panels with Mat Callahan, Judy Gumbo-Albert, Carlos Muñoz, Jr., Anselm Jappe, Donald Nicholson-Smith, George Katsiaficas, Max Elbaum.

Wednesday, October 24th -7:30pm to 9:30pm, Shaping SF at 518 Valencia in San Francisco with Mat Callahan, George Katsiaficas, Carlos Munoz, and Judy Gumbo-Albert. Listed with description:

Thursday, October 25th– 7-9pm, Sacramento Marxists School, Sierra 2 Center 7-9 pm in Room 9: the center is at 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA between Castro Way and 4th Ave.  Parking lot entrance is from 4th Ave.

Saturday, October 27th – 4pm to 5:30pm at Potrero Branch Library

Monday, October 29th – 7pm to 9 pm, at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center in San Jose. Discussion with Max Elbaum.