Folksinger Anne Feeney, who was part of the Joe Hill road show in 2015, has died of Covid 19 at age 69. Feeney was a lifelong activist, a commitment reflected in her songs. After working 12 years as a trial attorney, Feeney dedicated herself to music. Her albums include “Have You Been to Jail for Justice,” “Dump the Bosses Off Your Back,” and “Union Maid.” She served a term as president of the Pittsburgh Musicians Union, and was also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. She died February 3, 2021.
November 19, 2020, marked the 105th anniversary of Joe Hill’s death.
British musician Holly Carter held a live online talk on the anniversary of Joe Hill’s murder by the state of Utah. She sings a few Joe Hill songs during a longer discussion of his life and influence: https://www.facebook.com/hollycartermusic/videos/162897875541834 It’s worth a listen, though she does slip up a few times – alternating between International and Industrial Workers of the World
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
Dubamix’s new album includes his cover of Joe Hill’s “Rebel Girl.”
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.
A memorial to Joe Hill was unveiled in January 2017 at a ceremony attended by labor activists, folksingers, and others. ILWU retirees helped raise money for the 8-foot-wide plaque. http://www.ocweekly.com/news/legendary-labor-singer-organizer-joe-hill-gets-immortalized-in-san-pedro-7866413
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 (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 email@example.com if interested)
and full color Christmas Cards drawn by Joe Hill in his Salt Lake City jail cell
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)
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
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.
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.