New 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.
Joe Hill Roadshow in Tennessee
Nashville-based Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael August and Nell Levin) is touring Tennessee through April 2017 with their Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement Tour and a companion CD of Joe Hill songs. To support the project, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/shelbybottomduo
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
2017 Solidarity Forever Labor History Calendar
Direct Action Gets the Goods women’s cut T-shirts
The Shelby Bottom Duo singing songs of Joe Hill
Joe Hill’s letters and other writings
the definitive biography of Joe Hill, by William Adler
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, a book of Joe Hill’s collected writings, recordings of his songs by Fred Alpi, the Shelby Bottom Duo, and Bucky Halker, etc., and to add new Joe Hill events to our calendar (and to notify site subscribers) as we learn of them.
May 2016 marked the centenary of the murder of labor and socialist organizer James Connolly. We are offering A Full Life: James Connolly The Irish Rebel, a graphic history of his life and legacy, on our products page.
The 2017 Solidarity Forever Labor History calendar marks the centenary of the Bisbee Deportation, and the long history of workers organizing in the face of repression and attempts to divide us.
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 calendar listing 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 material. 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 (more or less weekly) updates for news of the Joe Hill Roadshow, upcoming events, and more. (These can also be found under the Files tab)