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To mark July 4th and to continue marking the 30th anniversary of the Culture of Protest we'll re-broadcast tonight the 2nd show I did back in 1982. It features a conversation with Earl Robinson, the composer of a number of important musical contributions to American patriotic song, including the House I Live In, and the Ballad for Americans. We talked about this work and Earl performed live in the studio. And we took note of a number of other examples of the fact that a great deal of the culture of patriotism in the US was created by people labelled as 'subversive', or 'deviant'. It's a broadcast I;m particularly proud of so give it a listen!
The Ballad of Americans was performed on national network radio by Paul Robeson (seen in the photo with Earl Robinson). The public response was enormous, and the work became an instant classic. Tune in to hear it!
Years after this broadcast I co-authored a piece with Peter Dreier that provided much more detail on how American radicals have provided much of the content of American patriotic culture (contrary to all conventional wisdom). That piece can be found on the Nation website: http://www.thenation.com/article/patriotisms-secret-history. Tune in tonight:
culture of protest thurs 6/28/12 6 pm pdt kcsb 91.9fm www.kcsb.org