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Earl Robinson was one of the leading progressive composers of the depression/ world war II era. His most famous song was "Joe Hill", and he wrote the Three Dog Night hit song "Black & White". Earl lived here in Santa Barbara in the 70s and 80s, and was a guest on Culture of Protest many times. This July 2 marks the centenary of his birth.
On the second installment of the Culture of Protest, Earl and I conversed about his effort to create a body of patriotic song that expressed progressive values. Some of his efforts became standards of patriotic expression, including Frank Sinatra's signature song 'The House I Live In", and the paul Robeson classic, 'Ballad for Americans". This week on the readio we'll re-broadcast that program. Tune in for some surprising insights into the way that much of mainstream 'patriotism is based on cultural materials produced by leftwingers.