A monumental work, expansive in scope, and not only the life, times, and culture of that most famous of the Wobblies (songwriter, poet, hobo, thinker, humorist, martyr), but crucially - and in great detail - the issues that he raised then - capitalism, white supremacy, gender, religion, wilderness, law, prison, industrial unionism - and their enduring relevance, and impact in the century since his death. Collected too is all his art, plus scores of other illustrations featuring Hill-inspired art by IWWs from Ralph Chaplin to Carlos Cortez, as well as other labor artists. "It has been a long time since so much new material on Joe Hill and the Wobblies has been collected in one volume. All students of the IWW, labor cartoons and songs, radical humor, and the history of blue-collar countercultures in the US will find this book indispensable." [Salvatore Salerno] "In Franklin Rosemont, Joe Hill has finally found a chronicler worthy of his revolutionary spirit, sense of humor, and poetic imagination. This is no ordinary biography. It is a journey into the Wobbly culture that made Joe Hill and the capitalist culture that killed him. But as Rosemont suggests in this remarkable book, Joe Hill never really dies. He will live in the minds of young rebels as long as his songs are sung, his ideas are circulated, and his political descendants keep fighting for a better day." [Robin D G Kelley]
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Franklin Rosemont was born on October 2, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Henry, was a labor activist, and mother, Sally, a jazz musician. He edited and wrote an introduction for What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings of Andre Breton, and edited Rebel Worker, Arsenal/Surrealist Subversion, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DIL PICKLE and Juice Is Stranger Than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim. With Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon he edited THE FORECAST IS HOT!. His work has been deeply concerned with both the history of surrealism (writing a forward for Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth) and of the radical labor movement in America, for instance, writing a biography of Joe Hill. He died on April 12, 2009, in Chicago.
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Book Description Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, Chicago, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 639 pp. [21.5 cm] Red, tan and black illustrated wraps with artwork on front cover and spine. Profusely illustrated throughout. A very attractive book. Paperback. New book with no flaws. From the publisher:Joe Hill (1877-1915) is the best-known figure in the heroic history of the Industrial Workers of the World (a.k.a. Wobblies). U.S. labor's world-renowned martyr and celebrated songwriter, he is remembered above all for his songs "The Preacher and the Slave" (a.k.a. "Pie in the Sky"), "Mr. Block," "There Is Power in a Union," and many more that are still popular on picketlines today.Older books on Hill focused on the crime he didn't commit, his frame-up and martyrdom. This study sheds new light on those topics - particularly on the ongoing use of frame-up in the U.S. "justice" system - but its overall focus is on Hill's ideas and activity: as songwriter, poet, artist, hobo, thinker, humorist, and archetypal rand-and-file Wobbly.Examining Hill's status as a "near-mythic" figure as well as his enormous influence - on Wob artists; other radicals, songwriters, and poets; on movements as varied as the 1910s Chicago Renaissance and the 1950s Beat Generation - Rosemont also examines the many appearances by Hill and the IWW in popular culture, including mass-market mysteries, science-fiction, and rock 'n' roll. In chapters on "The Hobo Contribution to Critical Theory," "wobblies Against Whiteness," "Forerunners of Earth First! and Eco-Socialism," and "Surrealism, Wobbly Style" he argues that Hill's legacy - the profound but playful old-time Wobbly counter-culture - is still the "most important inspiration and model for a new revolutionary movement" today. Bookseller Inventory # 29243
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