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Kingston Trio/Hungry i/Politics
Posted by Larry Anthony
on 11/13/2020, 9:21 am
While the the Trio maintained a generally political neutrality, I recently came across a connection of sorts. Just finished the book Show Trial which describes the 1947 and 1950 sessions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities which resulted in the "blacklisting" of numerous Hollywood screenwriters, directors, and actors. Among those who refused to answer the infamous question "Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" was screenwriter Alvah Bessie. Bessie was convicted of Contempt of Congress in 1950 and sentenced to 10 months in prison. After being released, the blacklisting ended his Hollywood career. He then became the stage manager and announcer for the Hungry i club in San Francisco and his voice is heard on numerous live recordings from the club introducing the performers [is that him introducing the guys on the "From the Hungry i" LP?]. His daughter Eva frequented the club during her high school days and befriended many of the performers. She purportedly founded the 1st Kingston Trio fan club. Her husband Wes created many of the iconic posters of musical performers in the mid-to-late 60's.
And in another KT coincidence, his novel Bread and a Stone was adapted for the screen with the title "Hard Traveling" in 1986.