Legendary Folk Musician, Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008 + Direct Action (vid)

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My sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of Utah Phillips. ~ Lo

Democracy Now!

May 27, 2008

The “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”: Legendary Folk Musician, Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008

Utah Phillips, the legendary folk musician and peace and labor activist, has died at the age of seventy-three. Over the span of nearly four decades, Utah Phillips worked in what he referred to as “the Trade,” performing tirelessly throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The son of labor organizers, Phillips was a lifelong member of the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies. As a teenager, he ran away from home and started living as a hobo who rode the rails and wrote songs about his experiences. In 1956, he joined the Army and served in the Korean War, an experience he would later refer to as the turning point of his life. In 1968, he ran for the US Senate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. For the past twenty-one years he lived in Nevada City, where he started a nationally syndicated folk music radio show. He also helped found the Hospitality House homeless shelter and the Peace and Justice Center. We spend the hour with an interview with Phillips from January 2004.

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Direct Action – Utah Phillips


In memory of a great American, a true voice of the worker and a friend to all people that strive to be free.

Utah Phillips

May 15, 1935 — May 23, 2008

You are loved and you will be missed!

Link on the event in the video:



Remembering Utah Phillips: America’s Folksinger for Freedom, Peace, & Justice

Please help Utah Phillips (audio) + Utah Phillips: There is Power In The Union (music video)

5 thoughts on “Legendary Folk Musician, Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008 + Direct Action (vid)

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  3. Losing people like Utah Phillips, Kurt Vonnegut, Molly Ivins for example in the last couple of years when we need them the most has really worried me because I find it hard to imagine they can be replaced. I get a little depressed over it at times.

    Then a young man sent me a mail, he said he liked the video but I left out a important message. Before Joe Hill was killed by the state of Utah (the author of many of Utah Phillips songs) he sent a letter to Big Bill Haywood:

    “Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don’t waste any time in mourning. Organize…”

    Don’t mourn – Organize!

    I forget that we are the ones we have been waiting for, and I am sure if ever there was a message that Utah was trying to convey, that was it.

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