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Marching On: The U.S. Labor Movement and Its Songs

February 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Child labor, mining disasters, women garment workers locked in death-trap factories, and long hours for starvation wages are all issues that inspired unions to organize, and songs were used as their rallying cry.  The earliest labor songs were kept simple and repetitious and tunes were often based on well-known gospel songs in order to galvanize workers at rallies and strikes.  Later, most labor music evolved into folk, country and popular songs and it entered the mainstream musical repertoire and Top 40 charts.  Although no longer used to rally workers at strikes, the latter kind of labor music informed the general public about labor issues.  The PinkSlip Duo (Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen) take you on an educational musical journey through the U.S. labor movement, from the 1800’s to the present, and perform the reminiscent songs that helped change so many lives, such as “The Internationale,” “Joe Hill,” “Which Side Are You On?,” “Bread And Roses,” “Union Maid,” “Solidarity Forever,” and others, as well as the more contemporary songs, like “Take This Job and Shove It,” “Sixteen Tons,” Billy Joel’s “Allentown,” Dolly Parton’s “Nine To Five,” and more.  As always, Joan and Bill illustrate their fascinating history with slides, and project the song lyrics for audience sing-along.


ABOUT THE NOSTALGIA CONCERT SERIES: FEELIN’ GROOVY: These tributes are powerful presentations of commentary, slides and live music by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen, who sing professionally as the PinkSlip Duo. While the lyrics are projected on a screen for the audience to sing along, emotionally stirring music and intellectually stimulating narration and photography combine to make for a unique and unforgettable experience.


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