Oregon trustees talk roots music on KBOO

Nathan and Kate in concertThe Low Tide Drifters, Eugene’s premiere roots band, were the subject of a half-hour discussion about their music, their passions, and their labor-oriented politics on Portland radio station KBOO’s Old Mole Variety Hour.

Oregon trustee Nathan Moore, his partner Kate Dowling, and Chico Schwall joined host Norm Diamond, another Oregon trustee, for a lively and informative talk punctuated by some of the group’s best-known tunes performed live on air.

Listen to the July 6 broadcast here: http://kboo.fm/lowtidedriftersunderdogfolkmusic . For a further taste of LTD’s “underdog folk music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=1au_STyB2IY .

Member publishes fifth labor history mystery

Stoner coverOregon PNLHA Member Susan Stoner’s new Sage Adair labor history mystery, Dead Line, will be launched July 23, 2015.

“Sage Adair is slightly bored as he’s between missions for labor leader, Vincent St. Albyn,” says the promotional literature. “Things liven up when an arch enemy demands that Sage travel to Central Oregon to prevent a range war.

“Made an offer he’s afraid to refuse, Sage soon finds himself in the high desert, dodging bullets. To prevent injustice, innocent deaths and solve two murders, he teams up with a cast of characters who reflect the multicultural reality of the early 1900’s American West.

“Gypsies, Indians, Jewish traders, Irish sheepmen, German homesteaders, Missouri cowboys and others, all give life to a little-known, but colorful historical incident in Central Oregon’s history.”

Stoner’s books are published by Portland’s Yamhill Press, http://www.yamhillpress.net , and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0990750906 . View the PNLHA interview available at pnlha.org.

Radical posters available online

labadiecollectionposter06The Joseph A. Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan Library has announced that its posters on anarchism, civil liberties, feminism, labor, and other political movements are online for the first time.

The library houses the oldest public collection of radical history posters in the United States with a digital archive of over 2,000 posters. The collection’s strongest holdings are in anarchism, and go back to founder Joseph A. Labadie. The Detroit-area labor organizer, anarchist, and author had the idea for the social protest archive at the university in 1911.

Many of the posters are visually striking, notes an article in Hyperallergic http://hyperallergic.com/217577/the-revolution-has-been-digitized-explore-the-oldest-archive-of-radical-posters/ also posted to Portside.com.

A sampler: one poster for a Toronto “Anarchist Unconvention” has ladies reminiscent of Matisse’s “The Dance” turning around cracking columns; a 1982 March for Peace & Justice poster in New York features colorful legs of different people emerging from a white dove; and, a 1996 Boston rally poster to defend rent control has raised fists illustrated as apartment buildings.