"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
"It was surprising how thick the smoke had become.
It seems like the world has always needed a scapegoat --someone to lead the charge against the Roman Empire. But America wasn't the Roman Empire and someone else would have to step up and volunteer. I really was never any more than what I was -- a folk musician who gazed into the gray mist with tear-blinded eyes and made up songs that floated in a luminous haze. Now it had blown up in my face and was hanging over me." -- from Bob Dylan's
new autobiography, Chronicles
, with a brief interview
, via Newsweek