Shaping San Francisco: Revolutionary Songs of Freedom | SF
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Eric Quezada Center | 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
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Shaping San Francisco | City History Lectures
Shaping San Francisco is a series of free lectures, which aim to excavate the city’s lost history. It’s a place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma.
Shaping San Francisco
Periodic Wednesdays | 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics | 518 Valencia St, SF
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Songs of Freedom | Shaping San Francisco | City History Lectures
Editor and composer Mat Callahan will be joined by vocalist Yvonne Moore to indulge in the life, times, words, songs and contemporary relevance of James Connolly.
Songs of Freedom is the name of the songbook edited by James Connolly and published in 1907. Connolly’s introduction is better known than the collection for which it was written, containing his oft-quoted maxim: “Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude.”
Though most of the songs were of Irish derivation, the songbook itself was published in New York and directed to the American working class, explicitly internationalist in its aims. Songs of Freedom is a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist martyred by the British government for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. It is at once a collection of stirring revolutionary songs and a vital historical document.
Co-sponsored by PM Press and Freedom Archives.
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