Joe Hill: The IWW & the Making of a Revolutionary Workingclass Counterculture
Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company
Date Published: 2003
Book Id: 29243
639 pp. [21.5 cm] Red, tan and black illustrated wraps with artwork on front cover and spine. Profusely illustrated throughout. A very attractive book. Paperback. New book with no flaws.
From the publisher:Joe Hill (1877-1915) is the best-known figure in the heroic history of the Industrial Workers of the World (a.k.a. Wobblies). U.S. labor's world-renowned martyr and celebrated songwriter, he is remembered above all for his songs "The Preacher and the Slave" (a.k.a. "Pie in the Sky"), "Mr. Block," "There Is Power in a Union," and many more that are still popular on picketlines today.Older books on Hill focused on the crime he didn't commit, his frame-up and martyrdom. This study sheds new light on those topics - particularly on the ongoing use of frame-up in the U.S. "justice" system - but its overall focus is on Hill's ideas and activity: as songwriter, poet, artist, hobo, thinker, humorist, and archetypal rand-and-file Wobbly.Examining Hill's status as a "near-mythic" figure as well as his enormous influence - on Wob artists; other radicals, songwriters, and poets; on movements as varied as the 1910s Chicago Renaissance and the 1950s Beat Generation - Rosemont also examines the many appearances by Hill and the IWW in popular culture, including mass-market mysteries, science-fiction, and rock 'n' roll. In chapters on "The Hobo Contribution to Critical Theory," "wobblies Against Whiteness," "Forerunners of Earth First! and Eco-Socialism," and "Surrealism, Wobbly Style" he argues that Hill's legacy - the profound but playful old-time Wobbly counter-culture - is still the "most important inspiration and model for a new revolutionary movement" today.