Workers of the World, Awaken!: The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill exhibit opened on Saturday, June 3, at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, Illinois. The exhibit will close on September 30, 2017.
This traveling display, consisting of 5 text panels and over 25 stand-alone images with music, was created by the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. After a year in Philadelphia, the exhibit has also appeared at Nordic Northwest, in Portland, OR.
For more details about the exhibit or the concert, please call 309-927-3899 or email email@example.com.
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
“For those who wonder about the lineage of Woody Guthrie’s celebrated songs of social conscience and labor activism, the Shelby Bottom Duo & Friends have provided a compelling answer with the Joe Hill Roadshow—a collection that places top notch musicianship and heartfelt singing at the service of songs as meaningful now as they were when Hill wrote them a century ago.” —Jon Weisberger, International Bluegrass Music Association Songwriter of the Year and Print Media Person of the Year.
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, 4 pm
, House Concert by Shelby Bottom Duo and a talk by art historian Gail Levin about the paintings of Edward Hopper. 308 Oxford Street, San Francisco. Limited space. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan to attend.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 2017, IBEW Local 175, Chattanooga, TN
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Midsouth Peace & Justice Center, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
Saturday, April 15, 2017, Louisville, KY Shelby Bottom Duo with John Paul Wright, locomotive engineer, community organizer, union organizer, labor singer, poet and djembe player.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, UAW Local 737, Nashville, TN
April 2017, AFL-CIO of Knoxville, date pending.
February, March and April 2017 dates pending for Nashville Musical History shows.
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 email@example.com if interested)
and full color Christmas Cards drawn by Joe Hill in his Salt Lake City jail cell
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Musical History of Joe Hill & the Early Labor Movement Tour with the Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael August and Nell Levin)
United Auto Workers Local 737, 6207 Centennial Blvd, Nashville TN, 2 pm.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. SPECIAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement Tour with Shelby Bottom Duo, Nashville Peace & Justice Center, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N., Nashville, 7 pm.
Nashville-based Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael August and Nell Levin) have launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 to fund their Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement Tour and a companion CD of Joe Hill songs.
The project includes live performances of Joe Hill songs recorded on the CD along with a talk about Hill’s life, early labor struggles and the influence of the IWW’s innovative organizing strategies on movements today. Their goal is to share this vital slice of labor history with a wide range people so that we can all better understand why the revolutionary creativity exemplified by Joe Hill and the Wobblies is still relevant.
To support the project, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/shelbybottomduo
The Joe Hill Roadshow makes a return appearance in Lansing Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU Community Music School. Tickets are $18, $5 for students. Performing are Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino), Charlie King and George Mann.
If you haven’t heard these songs before, you’ll be surprised how funny and singable they are—and how much the lyrics ring true today.
“The IWW has always seemed to me to be remarkably free of ideological blinders,” King says. “They were clear-eyed about the owning class and the working class, and knew that at times of crisis your worst enemies may be found among the latter. They have been consistently pragmatic in their strategies—and their songs reflect that.”
“Joe Hill created a body of very practical, well-crafted songs that wear very well a century later,” says Charlie King. “The 1% are as tenacious as then, and the 99% need the demystifying reminders found in Wobbly songs. An injury to one is still an injury to all.”