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Joe Hill at Vanderbilt (TN)

Joe Hill Road Show

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 

  • Location: Divinity 124 (Reading Room), Vanderbilt University

    Joe Hill’s songs fanned the flames of discontent in the early 20th century, becoming anthems of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union. Hill was executed in 1915 for a murder he probably did not commit, but his music has lived on to influence generations of social and political protest music.

    Featuring the Shelby Bottom Duo and Q&A with faculty from the Divinity School, and Departments of History and Sociology.

    Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Closest parking is Wesley Place Garage.

    Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Department of Sociology, Divinity School, Department of History, Program in American Studies, and Blair School of Music’s Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Special thanks to the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    Joe Hill & Wobbly 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

    Joe Hill centenary T-shirts

    Fred Alpi singing Joe Hill and other labor songs in French

    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  (the site lists it at full price; we have a large quantity of discounted copies arriving shortly which will be available in quantities of 3 or more at very attactive prices; drop us a line at iwwhlf@gmail.com if interested)

    and full color Christmas Cards drawn by Joe Hill in his Salt Lake City jail cell

    The IWW in its Heyday

    Eric Chester, author41t31ijmpdl-_sx325_bo1204203200_ of The IWW in Its Heyday, will be speaking about the book at three East Coast events.

    Saturday, September 24: Somerville Public Library, 2 pm. 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA.

    Wednesday, September 28:  Off the Common bookstore,71 S Pleasant St.,  Amherst MA, 7 pm .

    Tuesday, October 11: Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., Philadelphia PA, 7 pm.  (Cosponsored by Bindlestiff Books)

    August 2 Joe Hill Roadshow streams live

    The Northeast leg of the Joe Hill Roadshow has been going great, with good audiences and solid shows. It wraps up tomorrow, Sunday, August 2, at 8 p.m. eastern time (5 p.m. Western). Club Passim, which is hosting the show, will be streaming it live over the web. (They request but do not require donations to view the webcast.)

    The Concert Window link is http://www.concertwindow.com/clubpassim

    Many more events are planned to mark the Joe Hill Centenary, most of which you can find at https://joehill100.com/events  We hope to post details on the southern and west coast legs of the roadshow soon; a huge free concert is being held in Salt Lake City over Labor Day weekend, an international labor conference is being held in Sweden in a couple weeks, and much much more.
    Our store now lists a color Christmas card drawn by Joe Hill, t-shirts, and more.

    The Joe Hill Roadshow Kicks off with a sold-out show

    The JoeHill Road Show kicked off May 1 with a standing-room-only crowd at Chicago’s Hideout, and is presently riding the rails toward St. Paul.

    We debuted a new Joe Hill centenary t-short (available in sizes from Small to 3XL), which will go up on our Store page in the next few days, along with a Joe Hill centenary button and a reissue of the Joe Hill Memorial Edition of the IWW’s Little Red songbook issued shortly after his execution.

    Plans for the Eastern, Southern and Western legs of the tour are shaping up and will be posted soon.

    Happy Birthday, Ben Fletcher

    BFletcher
    IWW organizer Ben Fletcher was one of the organizers of the country’s first integrated longshore locals. Shortly before serving as secretary for the San Pedro, California, longshore strike committee, Joe Hill met with Ben Fletcher and other Philadelphia IWW organizers.
    http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/industrial-workers-of-the-world/
    http://www.iww.org/history/biography/BenFletcher/1
    http://www.blackpast.org/aah/fletcher-benjamin-harrison-1890-1949