Mudcat Café message #2596340 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119613   Message #2596340
Posted By: GUEST,Bill C. Malone
24-Mar-09 - 03:10 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
Subject: RE: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)
It's hard to contemplate a world without Archie Green. I know that in my own case he has been present in everything that I've done. He read and critiqued just about everything that I ever wrote, including "Country Music, USA" back in 1967. When I last saw him about a year ago in San Francisco, his vigorous and endlessly-inquiring mind was still churning out ideas about books that should be written and forums that should be organized. I've never met anyone else who was so genuinely interested in the entire world of the working folk. His observation that working people were more captivated by the music of Hank Williams than by that of Woody Guthrie was all the validation I needed. It will be sad to attend the Laborlore conference in May, knowing that Archie's not there, but the meeting will be a testament and memorial to the enduring work that he has done.