Which Side Are You On?
September 1, 2018 9:09 AM Subscribe
“Reece couldn’t have known that what she created would become the most durable anthem of the labor movement, and a template for protest songs for decades to come. “Which Side Are You On?,” written from acute personal trauma, has been universalized, both in lyric and musical modality. After making its way out of Harlan County and into a New York recording studio, it got modified to fit the message of countless underdog protagonists.” The history of ‘Which Side Are You On.’ (Longreads). Florence Reece’s original recording. As performed by Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Dropkick Murphys, The Weavers, Billy Bragg, sampled by Talib Kweli
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