Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015: Remembering Ronnie Gilbert 1926-2015

Looking at the role of counterculture in creating historic change. Songs of hope.

Ronnie Gilbert and Pete Seeger in New York, September 13, 1984. (Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty)
The singer Ronnie Gilbert, who passed away last week, was best known as a member of The Weavers, the singing group that also featured Pete Seeger. Gilbert’s bright career was abruptly interrupted when the group was targeted by the House Unamerican Activities Committee in the 1950s.  She moved to California, raised a daughter and became a psychotherapist. In the 1980s, she connected with Holly Near and joined the vibrant women’s music scene, eventually coming out as a lesbian. 

Ronnie and Holly (http://soundtracktomyday.blogspot.com/)
Ronnie Gilbert( http://soundtracktomyday.blogspot.com/)

Adrienne Lauby, Thyme Siegel and Shelley Berman of KRCB’s Outbeat Salon interviewed Ronnie in 2009 about how the partnership with Holly Near and the women’s and lesbian movement impacted her life.  We listen to part of the interview, as well as some of Ronnie’s songs.

Listen now or Get MP3. 34:30 min

Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
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