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Re: "Which Side Are You On?" ...And...
....how could I forget to mention this? Dick posted on FaceBook yesterday that he was being inducted into the Colorado state Musicians Hall of Fame - he's lived there for 30 or 40 years. I remarked that it shouldn't have taken them this long to honor him.
Thanks, Jim, Great Information!
Further - it is a great read and an essential book for the folk revival, up there with Ronald Cohen's comprehensive Rainbow Connection . Weissman is literally the only person in the world who could have written the authoritative account of what those of us who followed the KT at the time and read all the crap that they were getting about "authenticity." He was a bone fide master of traditional music going back to the early days in Washington Square in the early 1950s, and as a Journeyman was a legitimate pop folk musicdian as well. The title is more than a hook; it is the perfect evocation of the bitter divide between traditionalists and pop folksters that existed, with the touchstone song being an artifact of the great battles between organized labor and management in the first half of the last century.