With its pro-union and military themes and its emphasis on solidarity, the song reflected the experience of the embattled working class.
This is the first installment of what is intended to be a series on the rich left-wing musical tradition.
If you're not into "American Idol" and think it has no place in this publication, stop reading now, and direct your anti-popular culture comments and criticisms elsewhere.
The great British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Jan. 2 at 64, starred in one of the most progressive films that came out of England in the 1990s.
"Good Night Irene" is one of the best-known songs in American culture. A new book gives us a chance to know the man who wrote it.
Communism has taken over the stage at the Los Angeles Opera, and soon will be occupying opera houses in Vienna and Paris!
In recent years, musicians have begun to weigh in on important social, economic, and especially environmental issues.
Irwin Silber, the primary craftsman of the urban folk song revival, died Sept. 8.
Some on the left may dismiss her as indulging in postmodern "identity politics" - M.I.A. herself has said that her work explores her "otherness."
Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.