Outline of the book


  1. What Is This Book About?
  2. Beginning in the Middle - Mariposa, 1961
  3. The Invention of Folk Music
  4. A Child Shall Lead Them
  5. Canadian Beginnings
  6. Gibbon and the Canadian Mosaic
  7. Red Is The Colour- The Other Mosaic –1900’s-30’s
  8. The Early Labour Song Tradition in Canada
  9. Red Front to Popular Front
  10. New Deal and No Deal
  11. Birth of a Nation
  12. Put Canada First!
  13. People’s Songs and People’s Music
  14. The Golden Age of Canadian Folk Song 1947- 1962- The Beginning
  15. The Emergence of a Repertoire
  16. The First Tour- The UJPO Folksingers
  17. Foreign Affairs
  18. World Music in the Golden Age
  19. Founding Folkies
  20. From Bonavista to the Vancouver Island
  21. Sam Gesser and Folkways Canada
  22. Country and Folk
  23. The “Revival”- Folk as Pop
  24. Mariposa Revisited- The End of the Beginning
  25. The Boom - Early Canadian Folk Professionals and the Marketplace
  26. The Songwriters
  27. East is East and West is West- Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Smaller Towns and Smaller Scenes
  28. Folk Rock
  29. The Real Boom- Folk in the 70’s
  30. The Festivals
  31. The Message in the Music- Political and Social Images in Songwriting and Folk Music in Canada in the 60’s and 70’s
  32. Bigger Than Ever- the 80’s
  33. New World, New Music
  34. The Little Folk- Children and Folk Music
  35. Looking Forward – Looking Backward- Folk Music at the End of the Century and the Beginning of the New Millennium
  36. What Does It Mean
13. People’s Songs and People’s Music

In 1946 People’s Songs was created in the US. While its Canadian branch was small, it had a profound impact on left-wing youth and the development of a new alternative musical culture. Through its bulletin, recordings, and the work of “People’s Artists” such as The Weavers, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Earl Robinson and others, Peoples Songs helped spark the emergence of the Canadian “revival”.

Robeson at the Peace Arch - 40,000 people attended Canada's largest folk music concert ever
Photo and write up on Hootin’ Lil Marcus along with music and lyrics for her song, My Union Man, in People’s Songs Magazine, Volume 2, Number 10, November 1947
1st edition of People’s Songs Magazine, February 1946
Cover of People’s Songs Magazine featuring Paul Robeson, Volume 2, Number 5, June 1947
Cover of People’s Songs Magazine featuring Lil Marcus and Pete Seeger, Volume 2, Number 10, November 1947
Cover of Sing Out Magazine featuring Woody Guthrie, Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 1957
Cover of Sing Out Magazine featuring Pete Seeger’s The Hammer Song, Volume 1, Number 1, May 1950
Cover of the book, The People’s Song Book, edited by Waldemar Hille, (New York: Oak Publications, 1948)
Cover of the book, Lift Every Voice: The Second People’s Songbook, edited by Irwin Silber, (New York: Oak Publications, 1953)
Album cover of I Came to Sing: Paul Robeson’s Peach Arch Program sponsored by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers
Promotional pamphlet for the 50th anniversary Paul Robeson Memorial Concert held in Peace Arch Park on May 18, 2002
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