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DISSIDENT ARTS - NEW MASSES MEDIA: Listen

Rebel Girl

(The Flames of Discontent)
September 13, 2005
Joe Hill (arr-Flames)
This recording comes from our first album, I DREAMED I HEARD JOE HILL LAST NIGHT. Our rockabilly reconstruction of this classic by labor martyr Joe Hill, the IWW's most famous musician, is one example of the Flames frequent approach (pay special attention to the brilliant lead guitar of Cliff Murphy, who worked closely with us on that first album). We offer rockabilly versions of many older songs such as this one--written about the trailblazing activist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Flynn was a fearless member of the IWW, organizing around the country while still in her teens, and then went on to become an early leader in the Communist Party USA.