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Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl

by Ben Harker - £18.99  Pluto Press (2007)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780745321653 | ISBN 10: 0745321658

Ewan MacColl is one of the outstanding British singers and songwriters of the mid to late twentieth-century, and his work has been covered by artists including Roberta Flack, Johnny Cash and the Pogues. He was also a committed political activist. For sixty years he was 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 famous company's resident dramatist, and his plays earned the admiration of contemporaries including George Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey and Hugh MacDiarmid. MacColl lived an energetic and colourful life.
 
This is the first biography of MacColl, and was prepared with the authorisation of his collaborator and widow, Peggy Seeger. It charts MacColl's early years, his involvement in the Communist Party, in radical theatre, his pioneering radio programmes, as well as his extensive work in the British folk-revival.
 
Exhaustively researched and energetically written, this is an illuminating account of a major and controversial twentieth-century political artist.

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