Posted by rflacks on:
These last couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of media attention to various personages and episodes in American history and I realized that many of these matters have been sung about, before they were televised. And songs, I often think, can be provocative windows on history. So here's what we have included in the program on 11/29/12:
Music for Abe Lincoln (a propos the movie)
Woody Guthrie on the dust bowl ( a propos the new Ken Burns documentary)
Charlie King song based on the words of Dorothy Daythe revolutionary pacifist being promoted for sainthood by the New York cardinal.
Phil Ochs' great song marking the JFK assassination (on the 49th anniversary)
Bob Dylan's musical response to the Cuban Missile Crisis (on its 50th).
You can hear this anytime: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/91897409/songwindows.mp3