Cutting It Up with Dickie Goodman: Communism, Castro and the Wall

By: Tim Smolko (Athens, Georgia) // American record producer Dickie Goodman made a career out of writing novelty songs. From the mid-1950s to the 1980s, his songs poked fun at current events, politicians, dance crazes, films, and especially the Russians. He is best known for creating and popularizing the “break-in,” a technique of inserting brief … Continue reading Cutting It Up with Dickie Goodman: Communism, Castro and the Wall

“Solidarity, Forever”: Zilphia Horton’s Labor Songs, Communism, and the CIO

By: Felicia M. Miyakawa (Round Rock, TX) // When labor agitators met for marches and rallies in the early twentieth century, they sang from songbooks. Their songbooks were inexpensively printed, pocket-sized, and usually included only the lyrics because the tunes were well-known. (A song set to a familiar tune is known as a contrafact.) They … Continue reading “Solidarity, Forever”: Zilphia Horton’s Labor Songs, Communism, and the CIO