Since today is Labor Day, and as part of the interaction with Richard D. Cohen’s book, Work and Sing, I thought that I might post a few of the songs and singers which are featured in his work. Working as a Community Organizer in the Coal Fields, and participating in certain events which needed songs, I have seen the power of these songs in action.
Pete Seeger was an influential singer, songwriter and collector of Labor Songs, and features heavily in Cohen’s book,
Which Side Are You On?
We Shall Overcome
We Shall not be moved
This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land,
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Take This Hammer,
The Mannington Mine Disaster
Coal Miner’s Grave (I’ve Actually Been to this Grave Site)