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Red Dust and Broadsides : A Joint Autobiography - Ronald Cohen

Red Dust and Broadsides

A Joint Autobiography

By: Ronald Cohen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1999
ISBN: 9781558492103
Number Of Pages: 400

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Perhaps best known for Broadside, the influential magazine they founded in 1962, Agnes "Sis" Cunningham and Gordon Friesen have long been renowned figures on the American left. In this book, these two dedicated social activists-Sis the folk musician and Gordon the radical journalist-offer a spirited account of their personal and political odyssey. The story is illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings. Born into poverty in rural Oklahoma, further shaped by the hardships of the "dustbowl" Depression years, Sis and Gordon were already committed to radical causes when they met and married in 1941. A short time later they moved to New York City, where they befriended Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Sis joined the folk protest group the Almanac Singers, and Gordon continued his work as a journalist. Although blacklisted for their political views during the McCarthy era, Sis and Gordon persevered and eventually launched Broadside, which they continued to produce for almost twenty years. The magazine was instrumental in promoting the careers of many singer-songwriters, publishing the first works of such artists as Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, Phil Ochs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Tom Paxton, as well as the works of more established figures, including Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger. Indeed, Broadside gave birth to a musical revival that energized the country and forged a vital link between the folk music of the 1930s and 1940s and the urban folk revivalists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Forewordp. ix
Editor's Prefacep. xi
Author's Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: Meeting and Marriagep. 1
Gordon's Childhoodp. 7
Sis's Childhoodp. 24
Gordon in Kansasp. 58
Sis: Youth and Politicsp. 93
Gordon in the 1930sp. 135
Sis in the 1930sp. 156
Gordon--The Almanac Singers and Afterp. 206
Sis and Gordon following World War IIp. 238
The Broadside Yearsp. 273
Epilogue: Growing Old in New Yorkp. 302
"Oklahoma Witch Hunt"p. 307
Afterwordp. 324
Bibliography and Discographyp. 361
Indexp. 362
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ISBN: 9781558492103
ISBN-10: 1558492100
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 23rd August 1999
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68