As young as 18, I'd already written the application to join the party, but I was too embarrassed to turn it in to the party branch. I've studiously read the party constitution countless times - always felt I wasn't worthy of the party's requirements. ♫ Applying to Join the Chinese Communist Party : a music video (w/ English subtitles)
"If Communists liked what we did, that was their good luck,"
said Lee Hays, founding member of the Almanac Singers
. A fascinating portrait of one of the linchpins of the politically engaged folk movement of the '40s and '50s. Hays sang beside the more celebrated
(and, on one important day in Bob Dylan history, infamous
) Pete Seeger on such classic Almanac albums as Talking Union
. [Listen here