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Tag: Labour politics in popular song

"Part of the Union"

“Part of the Union”: Rockers of the World, Unite

Zero to 180’s tribute to labor continues with (The) Strawbs‘ unabashed and unequivocal anthem to The Working Man — everybody sing along now: “Part of the Union“ Strawbs (1973) “Part of the Union” came close to hitting the number 1 spot on the UK Singles Chart in February 1973.  The song

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"Hard Times"

“Hard Times”: Working Man’s Blue(gras)s

The Osborne Brothers point the way forward on 1967’s Modern Sounds of Bluegrass Music. “Hard Times” — a working man’s blues dressed in modern bluegrass threads — speaks directly to the classic struggle between labor and management: “Hard Times,” the A-side of a 45 (b/w “World of Unwanted“) released in

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