Mudcat Café message #136601 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15317   Message #136601
Posted By: Mark in Mass
15-Nov-99 - 09:18 PM
Thread Name: Tell me about Si Kahn...
Subject: RE: Tell me about Si Kahn...
Mr. Kahn is in his very early 50s. Songwriting and performing are secondardy to his work as the founder and guiding light of Grassroots Leadership in Charlotte, N.C., a training center for union and community organizers. Prior to that he was a labor and community organizer. Participated in the Brookwood Strike in Harlan County, Ky., that was the subject of the documentary movie "Harlan County USA" and in the J.P. Stevens strike, that at its time was the longest labor strike in US history. He's been to Wyoming, or so the song "Queen of the Cowboy Cafe" on his "Home" album would indicate. "Aragon Mill" has been recorded all over the world. Patrick Street and Delores Keane have done it in Ireland; my personal favorite is a version by Rosalie Sorrels. "Gone, Gonna Rise Again" is a must-hear, as is "People Like You." His collaboration with John McCutcheon dates to some organizing work; his first recordings were done at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky., while McCutcheon was on staff there.