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"Sing out, warning! sing out, love!" : the writings of Lee Hays
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981.
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Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2003]

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xxv, 233 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML420.H28 A25 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Lee Hays (1914-1981) was the bass singer of the popular folk singing quartet, The Weavers, and a talented writer of prose. Robert S. Koppelman has brought together a selection of Hay's literary output which places the author and his work in a historical context.

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Koppelman (English, Broward Community Coll.) offers commentary and context on the writings of political activist and folk singer Hays. After a brief biography that highlights the spiritual and rural Southern left-wing core of his subject, Koppelman allows Hays to come alive through his own words. Sections of his memoirs, chronologically arranged, include recollections of his radicalization during the Depression and his early musical career, first with the Almanac singers, then People's Songs, Inc., and, finally, the Weavers, who achieved popular success in the early 1950s before being torpedoed by the McCarthy-inspired Red Scare. Koppelman intertwines several of Hays's writings to describe the beginnings of the 1950s folk revival and to deliver a candid, evenhanded, and fascinating set of stories about folk icon Woody Guthrie. In a final section, the author focuses on Hays's fiction and poetry, revealing the literary sophistication of the activist. A riveting, unbiased glimpse into the career of an important radical Southern artist, this is highly recommended to anyone interested in folk music, American radicalism, and the culture of the mid-20th century. With a foreword by Pete Seeger.-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.