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The best of Broadside 1962-1988 anthems of the American underground from the pages of Broadside magazine
Place, Jeffrey.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, pc2000.
Physical Description:
5 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + text (158 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm) in slipcase
General Note:
Compact discs.
1. Links on the chain -- Blowin' in the wind -- Paths of victory -- The ballad of Ira Hayes -- Ain't that news? -- The times I've had -- Go limp -- Ding dong dollar -- Mack the bomb -- The civil defense sign -- Let me die in my footsteps -- Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Russian roulette -- What have they done to the rain? -- Ballad of William Worthy -- Train for Auschwitz -- Do as the Doukhobors do -- Christine -- As long as the grass shall grow.

2. John Brown -- Take me for a walk (morning dew) -- The willing consript -- Kill for peace -- Plains of Nebrasky -- Benny kid paret -- What did you learn in school today? -- Changin' hands -- Welcome, welcome emigrante -- Shady acres -- Lord, hold back the waters -- Ballad of Donald White -- Song for Patty -- A very close friend of mine -- Long time troubled road -- Hard rain's a-gonna fall.

3. Mississippi goddam -- We'll never turn back -- Freedom riders -- Father's grave -- Baby I've been thinking (society's child) -- I'm going to get my baby out of jail -- The ballad of Martin Luther King -- Carry it on -- Birmingham Sunday -- The migrant's song -- El picket sign -- La lucha continuara -- Contra la por -- Mrs. Clara Sullivan's letter -- If it wasn't for the union -- More good men going down -- Sundown -- My Oklahoma home (it blowed away) -- Draglines -- My father's mansion's many rooms.

4. Pinkville helicopter -- Hell no, I ain't gonna go -- We seek no wider war -- Waist deep in the Big Muddy -- Vietnam -- Hole in the ground -- To be a killer -- New York J-D blues -- Little boxes -- Not enought to live on but a little too much to die -- The faucets are dripping -- Bizzness ain't dead -- Business -- Legal-illegal -- Brown water and blood -- The Aberfan coal tip tragedy -- Lafayette -- The ballad of Earl Durand -- Plastic Jesus.

5. Burn, baby, burn -- The cities are burning -- Nothing but his blood -- You're just a laughing fool -- Time is running out -- But If I ask them -- Ragamuffin minstrel boy -- Changes -- Bound for glory -- Victor Jara -- We will never give up -- Inez -- Gonna be an engineer -- Don't talk to strangers -- Catcher in the rye -- The time will come.
Added Uniform Title:
Broadside (New York, N.Y. : 1962)
Format :
Music CD


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From the early '60s to the late '80s, Broadside magazine printed numerous topical songs by contemporary writers, in addition to articles and commentary. By far the most influential years of its life span were the earliest ones, in the early to mid-'60s, when it helped steer the folk movement toward original material that directly addressed modern society and social injustice. This five-CD box set is an important document of Broadside's contribution to 20th century American popular music. The Broadside LPs included material by emerging songwriters that didn't show up on those performers' own albums, and undoubtedly this box will get its most attention for featuring some of those items by Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, and Eric Andersen. If you're a committed 1960s folk collector, there are a number of such goodies for cherry-picking here. From a wider perspective, however, this anthology is an important record of how social consciousness as a whole grew within American popular music, especially in the 1960s. Don't get the idea this is all great stuff; there are too many obscure strident singer/songwriters, in the mold of Dylan and others, singing dry, didactic, unmelodic tunes with unimaginative plain arrangements. Broadside also missed the boat almost entirely as far as folk-rock and socially conscious rock was concerned, with rare exceptions. When the Fugs' "Kill for Peace" blasts off, it's such a refreshing change to hear an all-out rocker you can move to, though that's definitely not the rule on this anthology. Nevertheless, there's much good music here, and certainly as a whole it's an incredible history lesson, with more than 150 pages of liner notes detailing the magazine, its founders, the performers, and each of the songs. ~ Richie Unterberger