be more barbara

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be more barbara

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#art/#history: too many protest singers. not enough protest songs? i dunno' - & even if that is strictly true, not all protest singers are of equal value. some important artistic rebels are not even afforded the recognition they should've eaned from the moment they picked up their fascist-killing machines. don't take it from me. i'll let bob dylan tell you about this particular living legend: 'the world needs more people like barbara, someone who is willing to follow her conscience. she is, if the term must be used, a hero.' influenced by woody guthrie, barbara dane (who was born on this day in 1927 & is celebrating her 92nd year) made her name with the blues. in 1964, she recorded an album with lightnin' hopkins. before that, she toured with some of the jazz greats & the likes of memphis slim, willie dixon & mama yancey. louis armstrong was a fan & told everyone barbara was 'a gasser'. her voice? seductive. she's 'bessie smith in stereo'. her heart's even bigger than her lungs, reaching out, as it always has, for the underdog...which is why she returned to her first love - folk. it enabled her to express her political views & culminated in one of the most powerful musical indictments of the free-market ever recorded: 1973's 'i hate the capitalist system'. with titles such as 'working class woman', 'i don't want your millions mr' & 'the kent state massacre', you know you're in for some kick-arse lyrics. barbara knew that she'd sacrificed popularity for content, that maybe she didn't hit the charts too hard because she sang so often about an unjust society. ultimately, that's the way she preferred it. she didn't give a flippity-foo about having a manager & so did it all on her own, because, in her words, 'i was too stubborn to hire one of the greed-head managers, probably because i'm a woman who likes to speak for herself. i always made my own deals & contracts & after figuring out the economics of it, i was free to choose when & where i worked, able to spend lots more time with my three children & doing political work - & even brought home more money in the end, by not going for the bigtime.' this also meant she could appear on a 1962 episode of 'alfred hitchcock presents' along with james mason & angie dickinson. not much room for any more cool when barbara's about.

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