Monday, May 26, 2008

Utah Phillips: folksinger, storyteller and railroad tramp

Singer Dave Rovics writes about Utah Phillips who died on May 23rd:

"To hear Utah tell the stories of the strikes and the free speech fights, recounting hilariously the day-to-day tribulations of life in the hobo jungles and logging camps, singing about the humanity of historical figures such as Big Bill Haywood, Joe Hill or Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, was to bring alive an era that at that point only seemed to exist on paper, not in the reality of the senses. But Utah didn't feel like someone who was just telling stories from a bygone era -- it was more like he was a bridge to that era."

There is also an obituary written by his family: