We continue to post announcements of Joe Hill-related exhibitions and performances to our Events page and our newsletter as we learn of them. We encourage anyone organizing such to post the details as a comment or to write us at iwwhlf [at] gmail.com
The 2023 Solidarity Forever Labor History Calendar is in production; we hope to begin mailing copies by October 1. We will post the front cover and details as soon as we have them.
The Joe Hill Revival – a musical
This new musical by Dan Furman, and performed by the Brooklyn Tavern Theater, debuted in September 2021 in Brooklyn, and will have an encore performance in Manhattan on February 6, 2022. https://joehill100.com/joe-hill-songs/the-joe-hill-revival-a-musical/
Solidarity Forever Labor History Calendar
The 2022 calendar marked struggles for dignity and fair play in Britain, Mexico and the United States – struggles in which workers prevailed in the face of court injunctions, military scabbing, assaults by the National Guard, prison, and more.
While there have been a few events since 2020, noted on our events page, the pandemic has greatly limited public events and hence celebrations of Joe Hill’s music and legacy.
British musician Holly Carter held a live online concert/talk on the anniversary of Joe Hill’s murder by the state of Utah. She alternates Joe Hill songs with a discussion of his life and influence: https://www.facebook.com/hollycartermusic/videos/162897875541834
Folksinger Otis Gibbs marked the anniversary by telling the story of Billy Bragg and Joe Hill’s ashes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY0O1v07_XQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR00czr8-A7KLPsgQUbwmCogq3isSwe251o50ZKhmkX2M4m2pZ_Q5ZaPceY&ab_channel=OtisGibbs
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 8:00 PM Central Time. Live YouTube broadcast of the
The Case of Joe Hill by Philip Foner was reissued in 2022 by International Publishers, with a new Foreword by Erica Smiley, executive director of Jobs with Justice that discusses developments since the book’s original publication.
James Connolly centenary
May 2016 marked the centenary of the murder of labor and socialist organizer James Connolly. We offer A Full Life: James Connolly The Irish Rebel, a graphic history of his life and legacy, on our products page. Patika Publishing released a Turkish-language edition in September 2022.
Gifts for all seasons…
We have a wide array of Joe Hill and labor-oriented material suitable for gifts, including:
Bucky Halker: Anywhere But Utah (Songs of Joe Hill)
A Full Life: James Connolly The Irish Rebel
2022 Solidarity Forever Labor History Calendar [out of stock – watch for 2023]
Direct Action Gets the Goods women’s cut T-shirts
Joe Hill centenary T-shirts (S, 3XL only)
The Shelby Bottom Duo singing songs of Joe Hill
Joe Hill’s letters and other writings
Carlos Cortez linocut poster, Joe Hill.
the definitive biography of Joe Hill, by William Adler
The 3rd edition of Joyce Kornbluh’s Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology
and full color Christmas Cards drawn by Joe Hill in his Salt Lake City jail cell
Although the centenary is over, we continue to offer Joe Hill t-shirts (only two sizes remain), a book of Joe Hill’s collected writings, recordings of his songs by Fred Alpi, the Shelby Bottom Duo, Bucky Halker, etc., and to add new Joe Hill events to our calendar (and to notify site subscribers) as we learn of them.
San Pedro Joe Hill Memorial
The only public memorial in the United States to this legendary organizer and songwriter was unveiled in January 2017. The 8-foot-wide plaque features Hill holding a guitar, with the IWW’s universal label over his head. His gaze is fixed on a sea of San Pedro workers confronted by policemen, their batons raised. ILWU members, Wobblies and others were present for the unveiling. Joe Hill was secretary of the San Pedro dockworkers’ strike committee, and lived there for several years before the blacklist sent him to Utah.
About this website
November 2015 marked the centenary of the judicial murder of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. This site features information on Joe Hill’s life, a listing of events around the world marking the centenary, the text of all of Joe Hill’s surviving songs (with links to the music and selected performances), and other information. Suggestions for additional material are welcome.
• Chronology of highlights in Joe Hill’s life
• Joe Hill’s poems and songs
• Books, plays and songs about Joe Hill
• A capsule biography of Joe Hill’s life and legacy
• Events commemorating Joe Hill’s life and marking the centenary of his murder
• Publications and other material available for purchase (Watch this space for new recordings, books, and other items)
• Subscribe to our updates for news of the Joe Hill Roadshow, upcoming events, and more. (These can also be found under the Files tab)
Last Updated: september 2022
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