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Joe Glazer Discusses Music in the American Labor Movement [Interview Video]
Since the Industrial Revolution, working people have been organizing and campaigning for better treatment from their employers. The labor movement and its unions struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions, and many other benefits. Music is an important tool in the labor movement to motivate workers and help build solidarity. Joe Glazer (1918-2006), often called "Labor's Troubadour," was one of America's noted historians of labor song. Glazer founded Collector Records in 1970 to distribute music of the labor movement, including his original songs. In this video, he discusses his life's work and music in conversation at his home in Maryland on November 10th, 2005. 'Joe Glazer Sings Labor Songs' is available on CD, LP, and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: The first album in Collector Records’ series on industrial folklore and folksong, Joe Glazer Sings Labor Songs was recorded live in 1967 during a training program for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees held in Washington, DC. Including songs such as "We Shall Not be Moved," "We Are Building a Strong Union," "John Henry" and Glazer’s own "Too Old to Work." Listeners are guaranteed to be inspired to continue the "battle for social justice." Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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6 min 31 sec
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