an awful lot of songs saying `well, there’s not really very much we can do about the world
–que sera sera.
Fortunately, the people who run the music business don’t run the whole world, and they don’t have their way as much as they’d like to. Sometimes a song comes along that gains great popularity in spite of them.
Recently there have been all these films–”Hollywood on Trial” and “The Front”–about the redbaiting that went on in the film industry. Was there a similar kind of redbaiting going on within the music industry?
Just as individuals were blacklisted from jobs, I guess you know the Weavers (the group that Seeger sang with, beginning in the early 1950’s) were kept off TV. Until the Smothers Brothers asked me (to appear on their TV program) in 1967, there were 17 years that I didn’t get on network TV at all. I don’t get asked on that often now, but I’m not complaining.
But I am very concerned today that some great songs and great singers don’t get asked Have you seen Gil Scott Heron on TV, for example?
Yes, as a matter of fact, 1 have. He was on “Saturday Night Live”–of course it was at 11:30 at night, but the show does have a big audience.
Well, we’re making progress!
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WELCOME HOME JESSE WINCHSTER
By now, you are undoubtedly
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singer-song writer Jesse Win-
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rather than fight in Vietnam.
He’s been turning out albums
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