Auteur: Rosemont, Franklin
Titel: Joe Hill
Sub titel: The IWW & the making of a revolutionary working class counterculture

Joe Hill (1877-1915) is the best-known figure in the heroic history of the Indus trial Workers of the World (a.k.a. Wobblies). U.S. laborís most world-renowned martyr and celebrated song-writer, he is remembered above all for his songs in the Little Red Song Book. Franklin Rosemontís important new book presents a fresh and in-depth study of the life and work of the famous Wobbly bard, and of the revolutionary counter-culture he came to personify. Older books on Hill focused on the crime he didnít 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 Hillís ideas and activity: as songwriter, poet, artist, hobo, thinker, humorist, and archetypal rank-and-file Wobbly. It discusses in detail Hillís views on capitalism, white supremacy, gender issues, religion, wilderness, law, and prison, as well as on songwriting, humor, direct action, and revolutionary industrial union-ism. Several chapters explore Hillís little-known work as a cartoonist. Collected here for the first time is all his art, including his one surviving painting. The scores of other illustrations feature Hill-inspired art by IWWs from Ralph Chaplin to Carlos Cortez, and by such other labor artists as Mike Alewitz, Gary Huck, Mike Konopacki, and Lisa Lyons. Examining Hillís status as a "near-mythic" figure in history 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 rockíníroll. 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 Hillís legacy -the profound but playful old-time Wobbly counter-culture-is still the "most important inspiration and model for a new revolutionary movement" today.
2003, 656 pag., Euro 18,95
Charles H. Kerr Publishing Compagny, Chicago, ISBN 9780882862644

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