Right wing folk music
May 26, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
posted by stbalbach (48 comments total)
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While there were a few attempts at right-wing folk music during the
1960's, most notably The
was the darling of the conservative anti-communist
right. Her songs include Fascist Threat
, Commie Lies
her most (in)famous, Poor Left
"I'm just a poor left-winger, befuddled, bewildered,
forlorn, duped by a bearded singer, peddling his communist corn. In the
cafe, espresso, sounds of guitars could be heard, twanging a plaintive
folksong, spreading the communist word..."
The young Greene was originally a local TV personality on a Columbus, OH kiddie program "The (Uncle) Al Lewis Show", where she played Cinderella. Through some bizarre events she was noticed and recruited by Dr. Fred Schwarz, a professional anti-communist from Australia. His organization, known as the The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade
, sought to counter the liberal leftist folk movement with a Joan Baez of their own design. Dr. Schwarz's red-baiting tirades were converted into eight pithy right-wing folk-songs performed by Greene and released between 1964 and 1966. Greene's strange career as a right wing propagandist is interesting and worth a read. As CONELRAD says
, "the most remarkable and puzzling element of the Greene story is the fact that she remains largely un-rediscovered. How is it that those tone-deaf kitsch stalwarts, The Shaggs
, have achieved respectability and worldwide fame with a New Yorker profile
, tribute album and rumored film, while Greene's equally fascinating career has been ignored?"
The Janet Greene Songbook
has the rest of her oeuvre.