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heather 123
Utah Phillips


heather 123

I was so sorry to hear (on the radio, not Rabble!) of the passing away of the american folk singer ?story teller Utah Phillips. He will be missed.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

For those who don't know his history.

[url=http://www.anarchistnews.org/?q=node/3911]Utah's Bio[/url]

He was not only a great songwriter but also a great advocate for folk music to remain the purview of the people not music companies. He recorded and played many Traditional songs that other assholes had tried to claim as their own work when they were centuries old folk music.

He was a voice who will be missed.

jeff house

I saw Utah Phillips once at a coffeehouse in Toronto.

He was excellent.

He told us that every one of us should try to make his or her own music, and not simply consume corporate-produced music. Hwe demonstrated that he, at least, could make good music with a couple of metal spoons.


Utterly wonderful storyteller.

I would see him every chance I got, ever since the first time at Mariposa in the early seventies.

I got some chances to hang out with him at festivals, absolutely great guy.

Lord Palmerston


We, the American People, are enormously wealthy. You know that? Who owns all of those trees in the national forests? (This is not a rhetorical question.) We do! Who owns all of that off-shore oil you read about in the newspaper, huh? We do! Who owns all of those minerals under the federal lands? We do! It’s public property, you know. But we elect people to go to Washington—who are those assholes?—what have we gotten ourselves into now?—they go to Washington, they lease off what we own, public property, to private companies to sell us back our own stuff for the sake of a greasy buck. That’s dumb.

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

I will forever be grateful to Ani Difranco for ensuring that I got to hear the voice and stories of Utah Phillips.


[url=http://www.amazon.com/Fellow-Workers-Ani-DiFranco/dp/B00000IWML]Fellow Workers[/url]

[ 05 June 2008: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]

TemporalHominid TemporalHominid's picture

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
[QB]I will forever be grateful to Ani Difranco for ensuring that I got to hear the voice and stories of Utah Phillips.


yep, a great album

Utah Phillips will be missed ; he made the world a better, kinder place

Ani Difranco likewise


His "We Have Fed You All A Thousand Years" (1984) was recorded live in front of striking telecommunications workers in BC. Interesting. I wonder what the back story is there.

Utah will be missed. I bet he is eating "pie in the sky", lol.


Oh that sucks. I missed my chance to see him several years ago. I've listened to the difranco collaborations, the telling takes me home and the past didn't go anywhere tons of times.
Think I'll go through them tomorrow.
I enjoyed reading the liner notes he had especially from "the telling" cd - anyone aware of any other writing he may have done?

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0f-mlwaGcE&NR=1]democracy now appearance[/url]


saw him sing at mariposa by fluke (had no idea who he was) about 20 years ago. wow. singing for about 3 or 400 people, a number which steadily grew as his set went on. if i remeber right he had no mike or PA. his lungs were so huge he didnt need them.

What can one say?
I will not obey!!

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Three times in my life I got to see Utah perform live.

First, in Salem, Oregon(my home town)in the early '80's.

Secondly, in Juneau, Alaska(my adopted town)in the early 90's(that time, he stayed overnight at our Governor's mansion, as a guest of our then governor who had played Utah's records for his then wife while courting her).

Thirdly, last summer at the Vancouver Folk Festival.

On each occasion the fire in his voice and spirit filled the room. The stories were funny and pointed, the songs, ranging from turn of the (20th)century Wobbly tunes to Utah's own, were tough, poignant and as alive then as the day they were written.

Utah was simply one of the toughest, gentlest, most uncompromising people that ever walked the planet.

"Don't Mourn. ORGANIZE!", as Joe Hill put it.