David Noebel Marxist Minstrels

David Noebel Marxist Minstrels


Karl Marx and his 1848 Communist
Manifesto overtly and proudly proclaimed to the world the communists disdained to
conceal their views and aims. The Communists following the example of
their phrenological master have openly and endlessly declared culture that is
music art and literature to be in their sphere of weaponry. Moshe
Decter in the “Profile of Communism” admits they communists endeavor to
capture men’s minds through the cultural offensive. Jagger Hoover director the
Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that the Communists have infiltrated
every conceivable sphere of activity. Youth groups, radio, television, motion
picture industries, church, school, educational and cultural groups. In the
musical arena the marginal neuter might well congratulate the revolutionary
socialists for their successful use of music for inflicting upon the American
public a program announced beforehand and persistently pursued until near
perfection and completion. The communist infiltration into the subversion of
American music has been nothing short of phenomenal. And in some areas for example
folk music their control is fast approaching the saturation point under
the able leadership of Pete Seeger. The importance of folk music perhaps has
been best summarized by Andrew Fletcher who in 1704 stated, “I knew a very
wise man who believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballots he
need not care who should make the laws of a nation, and we find that most of the
ancient legislators thought they could not well reform the manners of any city
without the help of a lyric, and sometimes of a chromatic poet”. In 1929 a
group of Russian musicians met in Moscow and drew up a platform entitled “The
Ideological Platform of the Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians”. It
was republished in a book entitled “Music since 1900” and this happens to be the
first edition 1937. Their program was twofold. Number one, classical music was
bourgeois. That is it was impossible to have a revolution with classical music.
Their second point over was perhaps more important. Folk music
could very well be an instrument for a communist society. Nicolai Lenin would
not listen to classical music. Maxim Gorky asked him at one time: — why he would
not listen? And his answer was: — I can’t smash heads together and listen to that
type of music. But their point was that folk music somehow could be an
instrument to establish a communist Society (that conclusion was found on
page 555). For the communist influence and subversion of American folk music was
started in 1946 at least. This is a date that we can use for historical purposes.
It goes before that of course but for our purposes 1946 perhaps the end of
1945 as good as any. In that year an organization was set up entitled
People’s Songs Incorporated. People’s Songs Incorporated was investigated by
the Senate Fact-finding Committee of the State of California in 1949 and in their
fifth report put out by the state of California I read on page 544: “Your
committee finds that people songs is a vital communist front”. Well, with the
citation people’s songs went into the woodwork and came back out under a brand
new name entitled People’s Artists Incorporated. But in 1951 the Federal
government in its Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications for may
14 on page 94 cited: “People’s Artists Incorporated as a subversive
organization”. So once again they changed their name. And this time they came back
out under Sing Out Incorporated and this is presently their particular name. They
have a publication called “Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine” edited by Irwin
Silber who has been identified under oath as having been a member of the Communist
Party in 1952. The publication Sing Out! is presently being published by Oak
Publications. So there are four things that we want to remember as far as
organizations are concerned: People Songs Incorporated, People’s Artists
Incorporated, Sing Out Incorporated and Oak Publication.
Now, the key personality behind this whole scheme to subvert and infiltrate
American folk music was the executive secretary of People’s Songs Inc. He’s a
very famous individual. I saw him on television for a full hour not too long
ago. He came back from Moscow last fall with some good news for the reds.
He’s been entertained the communist in this country for nearly 25 years and he
appears on most of our major university and college campuses. And I’m referring
to none other than Mr. Pete Seeger. Now to begin with Pete Seeger has been
identified under oath as having been a member of the Communist Party. This
citation was given in the year 1952. You will find it in the House Committee on
American Activities Annual Report and his name is mentioned on page 72. It
seems that an FBI agent surfaced gave his testimony under oath and listed 400
or nearly 400 individuals. For example, I see here immediately the name
of Herbert Aptheker. Most are familiar with Mr. Aptheker at the present time.
He’s one of the leading communists theoreticians in the country. And then of
course Pete Seeger is listed as an official of People’s Songs Incorporated.
Now for those who were keeping up with the activities of Pete Seeger this came
as no surprise however there’s still a great deal of effort to cover over this
particular citation. In the early 40s Seeger set up a singing group called the
Almanac Singers. In the Guide to Subversive Organizations and
Publications for December 1st 1961 — and by the way this is the latest guide
that we have available from our federal government — on page 16 the Almanac
singers are cited as subversive with just two words: “communists entertainers”
Of course, you don’t hear too much about the Almanac Singers
anymore unless you take scholastics magazine’s list of last year for our
grade schools. Today they go under the name The Weavers and I notice that a
publishing company just recently printed their
“Returns to Carnegie Hall”. In 1961 Pete Seeger was again cited as subversive in
the Annual Report of the House Committee on American Activities and on page 43
and I’m reading the case of Pete Seeger the folk singer offers another example
the type of assistance the US Communist Party receives from abroad. Seeger has
mentioned before has been identified as a member of the Communist Party. In the
and the report of the House Committee for 1962 on page 27, I read, identified
communist party member Pete Seeger was listed among persons scheduled to
perform. So this is our friend Mr. Seeger. News and views in July 1965, news and
views out of Wheaton Illinois listed just the communist fronts of Pete Seeger
and it took them 12 pages single-spaced just to enumerate his communist front
background. And yet with all of this said we still have religious groups who are
using Seeger as their chief entertainer. For example, in 1965 the International
Walther League of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church actually had Pete Seeger
entertained their thirty two hundred young people in Squaw Valley California.
Some say well he didn’t influence anyone. Well I have some bad news. In nine in
one month later in August of 1965 these same young people met at st. Paul’s
College in Concordia Missouri and they passed on a little booklet entitled “Let
Love Be Genuine” and on page 12 the third vice president of the organization said
“If only more leaguers pastors and adults could have been there to hear Mr. Seeger
testify”. And then he also said this “Mr. Seeger’s devotion to the United States of
America must not be challenged anymore”. Two months later with this bone still in
our throat by the way that is that we can’t challenge his devotion to our
country. Two months later Seeger appears in Moscow and here’s a New York Times
Chicago Tribune wire-service Pete Seeger sang a Vietnam protest ballad before an
auditorium full of Moscow university students. His bitterness was aimed at the
American military presence in Vietnam. It refers to the soldiers feelings of
hopelessness in the war, his doubts about the loyalty of the man and
his unit. By the way that was in the Chicago Tribune for October 25th 1965.
Now one sad note here is the fact that a sergeant in Thailand wrote his
congressman just last month and protested the fact that Pete Seeger’s
album were being sold an Army and Air Force service exchange centers in
Vietnam and Saigon and in Thailand. And I had before me a letter from the
Department of the Army actually mentioning the fact that Seger’s
communist affiliations are only alleged. I would suggest to these young people
one little thing. Instead of sitting at Seger socks and singing Seger songs why
not form a committee to ship Seger to Siberia and if you need some editorial
comment I have it here in the Knoxville journal of October 26 1965 one day after
they found out Seeger was in Moscow here’s the last paragraph: “There is
doubtless great rejoicing, says the editorial, among Pete Seeger’s old-time
associates that he has had this triumphal tour of treason in a country
where most of us wish that all good American communists would go to take a
permanent residence”. Now Pete Seeger was the key and we don’t have time to go
into his full background but this is enough to at least give us a little
inkling. Usually when I mention these facts to college and university students
they all say — Well those are government reports and you can’t believe government
reports. Usually I take this publication entitled “American Favourite Ballads
Tunes and Songs As Sung by Pete Seeger” and it says here an Oak Publication
along with me to buttress my point on page 38, listen to this: “Working men of
all tongues unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains, you have a world to
win — vive la Socialistic Revolution”. That’s from our friend Pete Seeger
sounds like Karl Marx 1848 Communist Manifesto. Now there are other ones that
are involved in his overall scheme to infiltrate and subvert American folk
music. The second one that we should pay our respects to is our friend Woody
Guthrie. Woody Guthrie has been identified under oath as having been a
member of the Communist Party. And I have this government report in front of me
and it even mentions the fact that for many
he was a columnist for The Daily Worker. He wrote a column called “Woody Says”.
Thirdly, we should mention Irwin Silber. Irwin Silber has also been identified
under oath as a member of the Communist Party and presently he is the editor of
Sing Out! Magazine. I have the House Committee’s Report entitled “The
Communist Party’s Cold War Against Congressional Investigations of
Subversion”. On page 48 I read: “Sing Out is edited by Irwin Silver
who was identified as a member of the Communist Party in testimony given this
committee in 1952. An associate editor of the magazine is Pete Seeger who has also
been identified as a party member. The magazine frequently features favorite
Communist Party songs and newly composed party line lyrics”. That’s an
understatement frequently is a bad wordpractically exclusively.
Number four is Jerry Silverman. Jerry Silverman is
presently translating Russian folk songs into English and I notice in the for
kind of book corporation for February 1964. And by the way on the front cover
of this pamphlet says “Important Records of the USSR”. And for kind a book
corporation was also investigated by the House Committee in 1963 and found to be
importing communist propaganda into the country and also buying our US patents
and in Washington for twenty-five cents and shipping them to the USSR. But in
this brochure it mentions the fact that Silverman is “translating fourty-four
Russian folk songs and popular songs with lyrics into English”. We’ll come back
to Jerry Silverman just a little bit later. Next, we should pay our respects to
Moses Asch. Moses Asch is co-owner and co-publisher of Sing Out! and founder and
director of Folkways Records. Folkways Records as we’re going to notice in a
few minutes is perhaps the single largest pro-communist disking company in
the United States of America. And then briefly to women. Sisk Cunningham has
been identified under oath as a member of the Communist Party and hearings in
the Detroit area February 1952. She is the editor of Broadside of New York.
Broadside was formed by Sisk Cunningham, Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds. Malvina
Reynolds has also been identified under oath as a member of the Communist Party.
Karl Prussion and his Heads Up, for April 64 says: “She has been part of the
Communist conspiracy all her life. She was born into it her father was a
chartered member of the Communist Party. She herself was a member of the Young
Pioneers, the Young Communist League and finally the Communist Party affiliated
to the Communist Internationale”. So this is the background. This is the ball team
that we’re talking about. They’re all in left field, they’re all pitching softball,
they’re all batting left-handed. And yet in 20 years from 1946 to 1966 or 67, what
have they accomplished? Well, let’s just briefly take a look. I have before me the
American Broadcasting Company TV’s Hootenanny Songbook. As you know ABC put
on a program entitled “Hootenanny”. They barred Pete Seeger. But listen the editor
of this publication is Irwin Silber. The musical editor is Jerry Silverman. And on
the front cover of the publication these are the people that we find in the
publication itself: the key personalities Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Mike Seeger
singing group, Ewan MacColl. Ewan MacColl is Peggy Seeger’s husband and by the
way he resides in London England. He’s been trying for five years to get a
visa into this country but the State Department — I know you might not believe
this — but the State Department will not give him a visa because he’s too red.
Then we have here Woody Guthrie and others. In the back of the book
we’re told that if you like these records you can purchase them on record from
Folkways Records. That’s Moses Asch. And one of the more uplifting songs and this
whole publication is found on page 132 longer beholden it’s Jerry’s Silverman’s
translation of a Russian folk song entitled “Moscow Nights”. Listen: “Promise
me my love he says as the dawn appears and
the darkness turns to light that you’ll cherish dear through the passing years
this most beautiful Moscow night”. Well I can hear some of you parents say: “I’m not
gonna purchase that one for my child. I’m gonna purchase this one instead”. This
book here is entitled “Young Folks Song Book”.
It’s published by Simon and Schuster. The book is dedicated to Woody Guthrie. The
introduction is by Pete Seeger. And on the next page we have a picture of both
of them together Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. And then on page 12 we have a
new personality Earl Robinson. Earl has also been identified under oath as having
been a member of the Communist Party and is presently with the Metropolitan Music
School in New York City. You’ll find the Metropolitan Music School in your latest
Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications. Now who do we have as to
keep personalities here? Number one at the top is Joan Baez. Joan Baez is an
admitted disciple of Pete Seeger. And if you like to have her basic feeling in
a hurry it was printed on the front page of FACT Magazine for January 65. And
here’s what it says “The Star Spangled Banner is just so much
trash” -Joan Baez. Those of you who remember the Berkeley riots in 1964 will
also remember that Mario Savio, Bettina Aptheker and Joan Baez were the
leaders of that little group. Of course when she led those 814 into Sproul Hall
she went out the back door for fearing that the impending arrest might hurt her
“reputation”. Number two on the list here of the Young Folk Songbook is Bob
Dylan. Bob Dylan is the number one influence on our young people today. If
you would take a look at the Saturday Evening Post for July 30th 1966 you will
find Bob Dylan smack on the front cover, and by the way if you took a look at it
you’d wonder just cover up his face and it looks like you’d have a hard time
telling if it were a he, she or it. Bob Dylan has been part of the Sis
Cunningham Broadside movement since its inception and I have Broadside here with
me. This is number 57 April 10th 65 it mentions the fact that
Sis Cunningham is the editor, Pete Seeger is the advisor and one of the
contributing editors is Bob Dylan. In February of 1966 The Des Moines Register
asked Bob what kind of girls he liked. Now listen to his answer. Now this is the
number one influence in American young people today quote: “I want my woman dirty
looking as though I’d just found her in some alley. Dirt is very attractive. It triggers
the animal emotion. I want dirty long hair hanging all over the place.
I hate shaved legs or arms. I hate astringent lotions because those
antiseptics smells revolt me. I hate girls who like Rock Hudson”. Now how is
that for the number one influence and our young people today. And by the way
the liberal Des Moines Register even made this comment: “Now, would you want a
man like that to marry your cocker spaniel”. As our friend Bob Dylan
not fit to marry the household pet and yet fit to influence the psyche of
millions of our teenagers today. Then of course we have Mike Seeger’s group. This
is on The Young Folk Songbook again. We have Mike Seeger singing group and at
the end we have Peggy Seeger. Here’s a bright colored folk song book. It’s
entitled “104 Folk Songs Compiled by Moses Asch”. Who do we have here? Pete
Seeger. This is the front cover now. Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Mike Seeger, Ewan
MacColl, Peggy Seeger’s husband, of the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger
singing group, Woody Guthrie, Guy Carawan, the Highlander Folk School and
more that later and Cisco Houston who’s also been identified under oath as a
member of the Communist Party. Now here’s another publication that’s on
our newsstands at the present time. It’s called “Rock Folk Song Folio”.
I have all three publications here. But in their first volume they featured
guess who? Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Now on page 23 — now this is volume
one number one the very first edition — they mentioned the fact that Joan Baez
contends her favorite folk singer is Phil Ochs (that spell O-C-H-S). At the
day when we were in Scranton Pennsylvania I picked up two albums by
Phil Ochs both printed and both disced by Elektra. One is entitled “I Ain’t
Marching Anymore”. And on the back we’re told, now listen to
this. Now this is how they introduced the record or the song on the
record: “This borders that is the song ‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore’, this borders between
pacifism and treason, combining the best qualities
of both”. And he’s also the author of “Draft Dodger Rag”. But on the other album
that I picked up entitled “Phil Ochs in Concert”, on the back of the album we have
a group of poems set out and after one reads the poem, poems one asks himself
“Who wrote these poems?”, and longer beholden the poems are actually written by Mao Tse
Tung; and Phil Ochs makes the closing comment “Is this the enemy?”. On this album
you will find such greats as “Ringing of the Revolution”, “Cops of the World”, “Cannons
of Christianity” and others. This is Phil Ochs. This is supposed to be the greatest
single influence now on Joan Baez who is the number one female influence on our
young people today. And you will find this in the “Rock Folk Song Folio”. I
should have mentioned a little bit earlier that Pete Seeger’s latest album
on Columbia Records is entitled “Dangerous Songs”. And here we have such
great dangerous songs, song now by Pete Seeger as the “Draft Dodger Rag” (Phil
Ochs wrote that) and “Mao Tse Dung” also of course he has here “Beans in my
Ears”. You say well what so controversial is “Beans in my Ears”?
Well, “Beans in my Ears” was written by Len Chandler who’s a contributing editor to
Broadside Magazine and not too long ago sing out mention the fact that many
public health departments were banning “Beans in my Ears” by Len Chandler because
children were actually going home putting beans in their ears only to have
the beans agro and break their eardrums. So this is some of the material that
we’re discussing and we’ll continue with our discussion on the communist use of
folk music. Once upon a time in a very very near country there was a
respectable publishing firm that printed books for third and fourth grade
children. One extremely popular publication was a folk song book the
children loved his colorful art and it’s handsome appearance. lso enjoyed
singing as many songs which contain such uplifting little verses as “He had the
dope habit, and he had it bad / Hallelujah! I’m a bum /
Hallelujah bum again / Hallelujah give us a handout and revive us again”,
“The copper bosses killed you Joe / They killed you says I”, “Meadowlands,
meadowlands / Through you heroes now are treading / Red Army heroes of the nation /
Heroes of the mighty Red Army”, “We’ll shout aloud / For we are proud. / Our power is
invincible / We’ll ne’er disband / We’ll always stand / Together for dear Moscow’s
land”. Once upon a time in the above wonderland story is now. The near country
is indeed near the United States of America. The publishing firm is Simon and
Schuster and the children’s folk song book in reality is the “Fireside Book of
Folk Songs”. The “Fireside Book of Folk Songs” is one of the more exciting
volumes used in many of our public and private grade school systems. The volume
is beautifully bound with excellent style and art reproductions. However even
though obviously published for children it contains selections that do not fill
the eyes, the ears and the heart with pleasure as we are assured on the jacket.
For reasons previously known only to “Foggy Dew” the book mentions and
glorifies dope, illicit sex, copper bosses, bums and Reds (Russian, Chinese, Spanish,
Ukrainian, American varieties by the way). “Willie the Weeper” were told according to
the Fireside Book makes his living as a chimney sweeper. His only trouble: “He had
the dope habit. He had the dope habit, and he had it bad”. The children are told. By
the way this is on page 54 and 55 of the 11th edition of the Fireside Book of
Folk Songs. On Saturday night Willie went down to the dope house and smoked a
dozen pills or more, were told. When Willie landed in New York he got funny.
And his girl began to shout because as the ballad goes the dope gave out.
Leaving Willie for the head shrinkers in marijuana squads the apex of the
do-nothing society is portrayed as King Bum — Why don’t I work like other men do?
asks the star performer. — How the blank can I work when the skies are so blue? he
rejoins. Taking a swipe at a gospel song the chorus rejoins “Hallelujah! I’m bum /
Hallelujah bum again / Hallelujah give us a handout and revive us again”. You’ll
find that Jim on page 102 and 103. The children of handled with tender loving
care are then introduced to “Careless Love”. The young female wearing her apron
low is followed through rain and snow by her Don Juan. He finally catches her only
to place the poor young thing in a terrible predicament. She now has to wear
her apron high. You see, she is pregnant and sorrowfully groans “oh it’s love, oh
love, oh careless love”. You see what careless love is done. The portrait
accompanying in this ditty paints the young male walking away leaving the
blossoming gal behind, a real thriller for sixth graders. And this is on page 46
and 47. Plain on the same theme of illicit love is fire signs “The Foggy,
Foggy Dew”. The story centers about a bachelor at weaver’s trade whose only
mistake was wooing a fair young maid. It seems one night she threw her arms
around his neck and began to weep and tear her hair.
What could the old man do but all night long hold her in my arms just “to keep
her from the foggy, foggy dew” were told. The next scene shows the old man with
his young son lamenting and stating “every single time I look into his eyes /
He reminds me of the fairy young maid/…/ And the many, many times that I held her
in my arms / Just to keep her from the foggy, foggy dew”. Jettison both “Careless
Love” and “Foggy Dew” with the local Vice Squads the child as next treated to Joe
Hill. The music he is appraised is by Earl Robinson. What he is not told is
that Mr. Robinson is a faculty member at the Metropolitan Music School a school
“controlled by communists” and has himself been identified under
oath as having been a member of the Communist Party. The song “Joe Hill” is
prefaced with the following remarks. Now, this is for our great schoolchildren:
“Joe Hill, a great labor organizer and poet, was executed in 1915 on a murder
charge which union circles have always considered a frame-up. Apart from the
obvious question as to which union circles the unsuspecting
child is not informed that Joel Hill was an organizer for the old IWW, the
forerunner of the Communist Party USA, and still on the Attorney General’s list
of active subversive organizations. The volume songs of Joe Hill was originally
published by the subversive People’s Artist Incorporated and includes some of
his best compositions. For example listen to “Pie in the Sky”: “Long-haired preachers
come out every night / Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right; / But when
asked, how about something to eat, / They will
answer with voices so sweet / You will eat, bye and bye / Un that glorious land above
the sky / Work and pray, live on hay / You’ll get pie in the sky when you die (that’s a
lie).” In his ballad: “Should I Ever be a Soldier” Joe Hill contends: “We’re spending
billions every year for guns and ammunition / Our army and Our Navy dear to
keep in good condition / While millions live in misery and millions died before
us,” he says “Don’t sing ‘My country ’tis of
thee,” I guess I be too patriotic. “But sing this little chorus / Should I ever be a
soldier / ‘Neath the red flag I would fight.” In a vicious parody on the gospel hymn
“There is Power in the Blood of the Lamb”, Joe Hill writes, “If you’ve enough of the
blood of the lamb, then join the Grand Industrial Band; If, for a change, you
would have eggs and ham, Then Come! Do your share like a man” His
famous “The Rebel Girl” was actually dedicated to the late Elizabeth Gurley
Flynn, a former officer of the Communist Party USA.
Oddly enough, the amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (AFL-CIO) still persist
in using Earl Robinson’s “Joe Hill” and even the “Catholic Young Christian Worker
Song Book” has this ballet praising Joe Hill. As the child continues to travel
through the colorful folk song book, his or her eyes will eventually light upon a
brightly painted red flag. The red flag oddly enough contains a hammer and
sickle and the song it depicts is innocuously entitled “Meadowlands”. The
lyrics however are not so innocent — “Meadowlands,
meadowlands / Through you heroes now are treading,” we read. “Red Army heroes of the
nation / Heroes of the mighty Red Army”. This is the very army which William Z.
Foster, former head of the Communist Party, said would someday assure a Soviet
America. “Meadowlands” has also be found in The People’s Song Book, originally
published by Boni and Gaer. Since then it has been published by People’s
Artists Incorporated, Sing Out Incorporated and now by Oak Publications.
In another selection entitled “Moscow” on on page 206 of the Fireside Book the
children are informed with the song – now listen to this: “is one of the stirring
Red Army songs that have come to us from the Soviet Union,”
— pray tell where else would it come from –,
and here’s how it closes: “We’ll always stand together for dear Moscow’s land”.
How’s that for a good sixth grade class. “Tachanka is also included in this volume.
It is introduced with the following remarks, “A tachanka is a four-wheeled
farm wagon much used in the Ukraine. During the Civil War the partisans set
up in it any kind of gun or weapon they could get hold of and thus improvised a
sort of mobile fire-power which for the first time offset the traditional and
historical cavalry superiority of the Cossacks and the regular Tsarist army. So
it has a sentimental and class significance to the Soviets.”
Folksongs written during Khrushchev’s death purges of the Ukraine
are significantly missing. “Come, Fellow Workers” is a Red Chinese song. This song,
states Fireside, according to Zilphia Horton of the Highlander Folk School,
Mount Eagle, Tennessee, is one which he learned about six years ago from Miss
Cora Deng who at that time was head of the Industrial Division of the YWCA in
China. She in turn learned it from the Chinese Industrial Workers, I bet she did.
The Highlander Folk School was organized by Don West and Myles Horton. West was
identified under oath as having been a district director of the Communist Party
in North Carolina. Myles Horton was identified by
John P. Frey, president of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL, as one of the
persons who “attended a secret convention in North Carolina, at which
time plans were made for spreading the revolutionary theories throughout the
south”. When asked to become a member of the Communist Party,
Orton replied, “I am doing you just as much good now as I would if I were a member
of the Communist Party”. Myles’ wife Zelphia was reported by a former
honorary member of the Red Army to be “more pro-communist than her husband”.
In analyzing Simon and Schuster’s Fireside Book of Folk Songs one immediately
senses the strategy of interspersing these perverted ballads and red songs
throughout the work. The circumstantial evidence
almost compels one to deliberate with that most disconcerting question. Could
this really be another subtle plan to subvert our children? Young People’s
Records and Children’s Record Guild Records as you’ll recall were also
dressed in beautiful colors. But medical experts found the records to be mentally
diseased discs just who therefore designed, produced and copyrighted the
Fireside Book of Folk Songs. According to Fireside copyright page the book was
designed and produced by the Sandpiper Press and the Artists and Writers Guild.
Published by Simon and Schuster Rockefeller Center New York 20. Copyright
1947 by Simon & Schuster and the artists and writers guild. Amazingly
enough. The latest Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications released
by the Federal government lists the Artists and Writers Guild as subversive
referring to it as organized by “communists”. You’ll find this
in the Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications December
the 1st 1961 on page 208. Could this be the reason why our little children are
made to suffer through dope, illicit sex, bums and such red pieces as “Joe Hill”,
“Moscow”, Meadowlands”? We happen to think it is and would
remind our friends of Christ’s words: — But whoso shall offend one of these little
ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged
about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Christ doesn’t
sound much like a passive is there does. Christians and all real Americans who
love their sons and daughters cannot remain silent much longer. Dante
portrayed the hottest places in hell for those who in times of moral crises did
nothing. Our silence would not only be one Christian but cowardly and a sign of
utter capitulation to the enemy. Our immediate action therefore tempered with
knowledge, wisdom and love is of the utmost importance. In June 1965 MacCall’s
Magazine came forth with an article entitled “Sight & Sound”, they admitted
the fact that a new sun was going to go across the land. Guess who was going to
sing it. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and Ted Bikel.
Reader’s Digest in April 1965 had an article on folk music and in
appraising Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Malvina Reynolds. Longines Symphonette
Recording Society has been publishing folk — a good music, not just folk music
good music for nearly 50 years and yet they’re coming out with an album
entitled “The 50 Greatest Golk Singers: Legendary Folk Songs”.
Guess who’s doing it for them. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Joan
Baez, The Weavers, Mike Seeger, Phil Ochs. Phil Ochs has recall wrote “I Ain’t
Marching Anymore”, “Draft Dodger Rag”, “Ringing of the Revolution”.
Book-of-the-Month Club is publishing a volume entitled “American Folk Singers”.
The Weavers were told, Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Jean Richie.
Columbia Records is disking folk music and for them it’s Joan Baez, Bob Dylan
Pete Seeger. By the way, the head man at Columbia at least in the folk bill is
John Hammond; and John Hammond if you check on the appendix IX has at least a
dozen communist fronts behind his name. No wonder Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan
Baez have direct entrée through Columbia Records. Now, earlier we mentioned the
fact that Moses Asch was founder and director of a record company. The name of
that record company: Folkways Records. Now, Folkways Records is a very important
record company to keep in your mind. I have before me a newsletter from
Folkways Records — “Folkways has a very energetic program of placing their
records in our public high schools across the country”. You say, well that
takes a lot of money. Where are they getting it from? Well, here’s the answer.
Now, listen to this: “The Federal government has recently made additional
funds available to schools through the expanded National Defense Education Act
and Folkways Records are on most lists of approved materials.” Who’s financing
Folkways? They’re being financed in part by you, the American taxpayer. Scholastics
Magazine Incorporated has now entered into a working relationship with Oakways
Records. Now, notice the strategy here. The finances are now available. Now
the question is how to put folk ways into the school systems. What better way
than the hook up with Scholastics Magazine. I have before me a letter from
Scholastic sent out to high school teachers across this nation. Here’s the
first paragraph: “Scholastic is now the exclusive educational distributor for
Folkways Records”. And here’s the PS at the bottom, “Folkways records are eligible
for purchase under the provisions of the National Defense Education Act”. I had
before me the order form for Folkways Records and out by Scholastic. In fact at
the top it says, SCHOLASTIC ORDER FORM FOR FOLKWAYS RECORDS. In their 1966
catalog they actually admit the fact that the labels are not going to be
entitled “Folkways Scholastic Records Label”. In 1965 they sent out a catalog of
music available from scholastic and it happens to be the Folkways
Records Catalogue. Now listen, in the back of this publication we have the
recording artists listed. Some of these names you’re familiar with already at
least by now, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger Mike Seeger, the Seeger family — now, how’s
that for keeping it in the family? Earl Robinson, Malvina Reynolds. Now look
Earl Robinson has been identified under oath as having been a member of the
Communist Party. Malvina Reynolds has been identified
under oath that’s having been a member of the Communist Party. Pete Seeger here, he
has also been identified under oath as having been a member that Communist Party.
The Almanac Singers were told they were cited as subversive in the latest Guide
to Subversive Organizations and Publications. Woody Guthrie is mentioned
in here, Frank Hamilton, Lee Hays, Cisco Houston, even Langston Hughes, author of
“Goodbye Christ” remember that infamous poem: “Move away from here now. Make room
for a real guy Marx Lenin ME”. By the way Langston Hughes is also the author of
“Put one more S in the USA. To make it Soviet. One more S in the USA. Oh, we’ll
live to see it yet”. And for those of you who aren’t quite sure about Langston, I
have before me one of his poems entitled “Ballad of Lenin”: “Comrade Lenin of Russia,
High in a marble tomb, Move over, Comrade Lenin, And give me room”.
That’s Langston Hughes. Well, with the National Council of Churches recommend
that his books above all other single authors. In other words, he had nine
recommended books on the National Council of Churches a Negro American
reading list. On page 17 of the Folkways Records Catalog we have such jewels as
Songs of the USSR Revolution. There you can listen to such greats as The
Internationale — “The red flag for the power of the Soviets. The Soviet
Army is the most powerful of all”. If you don’t like the House Committee, they even
have one here for you on Un-American Activities Committee, “a witch-hunters go
home, I like freedom, Go back where you came from all the jacket of the record”. We
also have the songs of the Algerian Freedom Fighters. How’s that? Holden
Roberto’s group. Holden was trained in Prague Czechoslovakia and I guess he
learned his less well. In Algeria he put people through
buzz saws: — Feet first! Black, white, mulatto. His only primary color was red. Then also
in this catalog we have the songs of Hanns Eisler. Some of you are familiar
with his brother Gerhardt who is the number-one Soviet spy in his country I
guess until Abel came along. If you’ll take a look in the record album itself,
you will find a poem by Hanns Eisler and in there he tells everyone to raise high
the Soviet hammer and sickle. How’s that? And all thanks to Scholastic Folkways
and the Federal government’s finances. Now, of course, Folkways hasn’t rested,
believe me, they have now entered into a working relationship with a huge disking
firm in north Hollywood California. And the announcement was carried in the
Billboard Magazine of August the 21st 1965 and on page three were told Verve-
Folkways, the label that “came into being as a result of a distribution deal
between Moses Asch’s Folkways Records and, listen to this, and the MGM.”
That is the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer organization. So you have to at least tip
your hats to these people. They’re not allowing grass or grow under their feet.
But this is at least a pretty fair indication of the communist influence,
infiltration and subversion of American folk music. Now, there is one song that
has been sung across the country. You know, in 1854 Henry David Thoreau made
this statement: — “Even music, he said, may be
intoxicating such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome and
will destroy England and America”. That was 1854. 100 years later a little more
than 100 years later we find what? We find Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, we find
Jacksonville and other American cities being put to the torch. Now in
once thousands of people were in the streets and people were throwing Molotov
cocktails into store windows and into buildings, thousands of young people were
singing a disc jockey slogan “Burn Baby Burn”. When they came to Chicago this year,
and who knows what they’re going to do this coming here, they sang “Burn Baby
Burn” and “We Shall Overcome”. Now isn’t odd as water was burning. All the radio
stations in Los Angeles took off the air “Eve of Destruction”, that little vicious
rock and folk song. Music important? I knew a very wise man who believed that
if a man were permitted to make all the ballots he’d need not care who should
make the laws of the nation. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my thesis that the
Communist says since at least 1946 have entered upon a plan program to subvert
American folk music. This is just part of the evidence and the balance of the
evidence can be head for a reading of “Rhythm, Riots and Revolution” distributed
by Christian Crusade in Tulsa Oklahoma.

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