Joe Hill (1877-1915) is the best-known figure in the heroic history of the Industrial Workers of the World (a.k.a. Wobblies). US labour’s most world-renowned martyr and celebrated songwriter, he is remembered above all for his songs in the Little Red Song Book: “The Preacher and the Slave” (“Pie in the Sky”), “Mr Block,” “There Is Power in a Union,” and many more that are still popular on picket lines today.
A monumental work that explores the issues that Joe Hill raised—capitalism, white supremacy, gender, religion, wilderness, law, prison, industrial unionism—and their enduring relevance and impact in the century since his death. Collected too is all of his art, plus scores of other illustrations featuring Hill-inspired art by IWWs from Ralph Chaplin to Carlos Cortez, as well as other labour artists.
This book was previously published by Charles H Kerr (2003).
Joe Hill has finally found a chronicler worthy of his revolutionary spirit, sense of humor, and poetic imagination.
– Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams
Magnificent, practical, irreverent and (as one might say) magisterial, written in a direct, passionate, sometimes funny, deeply searching style.
– Peter Linebaugh, author of Stop, Thief
|Joe Hill's Artwork|
|A Note on the Notes|
|Introduction||Troubadour of Discontent|
|Chapter 1||Joe Hill & His Union|
|Chapter 2||The Wobbly Bard|
|Chapter 3||A Free-Spirited Internationalist|
|Chapter 4||A Classic Case of Frame-Up|
|Chapter 5||Joe Hill and the Arts|
|Chapter 6||Joe Hill Myths|
|Chapter 7||The IWW & the White Problem|
|Chapter 8||Women Wobblies & Wobbly Feminism|
|Chapter 9||Wobblies versus “Sky Pilots”|
|Chapter 10||Cops & Wobblies: Law, Crime, Prison & the Struggle for Working-Class Emancipation|
|Chapter 11||Wobblies versus Stalinism|
|Chapter 12||Wobblies & Wilderness|
|Chapter 13||Joe Hill, the Wobblies & the Beat Generation|
|Chapter 14||Wobbly Poetics in Theory and Practice|
|Chapter 15||The IWW Counterculture & Vernacular Surrealism|
|Chapter 16||“Yours for a Change”|