[Marxism] Songs

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 24 07:14:49 MDT 2004

Shaun wrote:
>Two points firstly ( and please my ignorance) I recently came across on 
>the internet Bing Crosby and Al Jolson singing 'Brother can you spare a 
>dime' which I think is a fantastic song. I believe this was a popular song 
>at the time and it would be intersting to know what other popular songs 
>existd at the time.

December 25, 2001
on Democracy NOW! in Exile

[listen to the entire show]



His name might not be familiar to many, but his songs are sung by millions 
around the world. Today a journey through the life and work of Yip Harburg, 
the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" 
and who put the music into the Wizard of Oz. Born into poverty on the Lower 
East Side of Manhattan, Yip always included a strong social and political 
component to his work, fighting racism and poverty. A lifelong socialist, 
Yip was blacklisted and hounded throughout much of his life.

Taking us on today's trip through the music and politics of Yip is his son, 
Ernie Harburg. First, we're going to go through Yip's early life, his 
collaboration with the Gershwin's, through "Brother Can You Spare A Dime." 
Then we're going to take an in-depth look at the Wizard of Oz. And finally, 
we'll hear a medley of Yip Harburg's Broadway songs and the politics of the 
times in which they were created.

Louis Proyect
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