I'm always thrilled to hear that someone loved by the mainstream is a commie. People have no clue, at least down here, about "the Left" or anything like that, just assume we're a bunch of weirdos(they're perhaps right for all the wrong reasons), and I think it's great if you can name drop commies who are people they are familiar with, and consider, I don't know, normal maybe.
I know I have had some success bringing up the fact that Ralph Nader is left. Mainstream folks admire him, but only know him as a consumer advocate. They're always surprised that someone they admire is a damn fool, idealistic leftist.
Hey that was pretty funny about Ventura, and the Govs. Like maybe he's the front man. Awhile back I read that Jesse had vowed to immediately cut off funding for public tv and radio.
Rented me some of those ferin movies today.
Max. You are so buff.
At 02:40 PM 2/22/99 -0500, you wrote:
>[This bounced. Sam Pawlett's worm cure seems to have worked.]
>Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 11:29:34 -0800
>From: Sam Pawlett <epawlett at uniserve.com>
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>Subject: Musical Activists
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>Sam Pawlett (by way of pms ) wrote:
>> Wow, Sam. Is that really Cab Calloway? I had no idea. Was he politically
>> active, etc?
>> Others on the list would probably be interested, but I can feel an
>> overlimit day coming on, and I'm being conservative.
>err-a bit late here Paula but,yes, Cab Calloway was politically active in the
>late 30's and late 40's along with many other jazz musicians like Bird, Diz,
>Ellington and hosts of others. Cab played gigs to raise money for popular
>activities like the Spanish Republicans, anti-fascist exiles, victims of red
>squads, Scottsboro Nine etc. and the International Labor Defense ( a CPUSA
>support group for class-struggle prisoners.). During this period, Cab had
>band many CP fellow travellers like Frankie Newton and Dizzy Gillespie. If
>ever get the chance, check out the film of Diz's mid-seventies visit to
>defiance of the embargo) with his United Nations Orchestra. Diz brings a
>Cuban musicians on stage and says "Now the U.S. government says the people
>U.S. and the people of Cuba can't along. Well we'll show you how we can get
>along" he then launches into a killer Cuban rhumba. Really cool. A good
>the popular front period is _The Cultural Front_ by Michael Denning.
>Cab was a big influence on Richard Wright too. Cab Calloway is back in vogue
>these days with the swing craze. Highly paid young people smoking $50 cuban
>cigars( they're legal up here) clad in leopard skin, drinking cognac and
>malt lounging in Art Deco furniture all while stumbling around on the dance
>floor to Cab Calloway and Count Basie.Odd. I wonder what the musicians
>thought of all this? I get a good snicker out of it all.