Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan Maccoll

Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan Maccoll by Ben Harker 0745321658 9780745321653
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Sometimes described as the British Brecht, Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) was a major twentieth-century political artist. He became a communist at fourteen and spent six decades at the cultural forefront of numerous political struggles, producing plays, songs and radio programmes on subjects ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the Poll Tax. A founder-member of Theatre Workshop, MacColl was the acclaimed companys resident dramatist, and his plays won the admiration of contemporaries including George Bernard Shaw, Sean OCasey and Hugh MacDiarmid. He went on to become the principal creative force behind the award-winning Radio Ballads and a leading figure in the post-war British folk revival. Best known as a singer and songwriter, MacColl standards such as Dirty Old Town and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face have been covered by artists from Roberta Flack to Johhny Cash and The Pogues.

Author: Ben Harker

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Pluto Press

Publication Date: 2007-12-20

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