Thursday, November 02, 2006

Malvina Reynolds-Sings the truth (1967-Folk)

Born Malvina Milder of Jewish socialist immigrant parents in San Francisco, Malvina was refused her diploma by Lowell High School because her parents were opposed to US participation in World War I. She entered UC Berkeley anyway, and received her BA and MA in English. She married William Reynolds, a carpenter and organizer, in 1934 and had one child, Nancy, in 1935. She completed her dissertation and was awarded her Doctorate in 1936. It was the middle of the Depression, she was Jewish, socialist, and a woman. She could not find a job teaching at the college level. She became a social worker and a columnist for the People's World and, when World War II started, an assembly-line worker at a bomb factory. When her father died, she and her husband took over her parents' naval tailor shop in Long Beach, California. There in the late forties she met Earl Robinson, Pete Seeger and other folk singers and songwriters and began writing songs. She returned to Berkeley, and to the University, where she took music theory classes in the early fifties. She gained recognition as a songwriter when Harry Belafonte sang her “Turn Around.” Her songs were recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Seekers, Pete Seeger, and the Limeliters, among others. She wrote songs for Women for Peace, the Nestle Boycott, the sit-ins in San Francisco on auto row and at the Sheraton-Palace, the fight against putting a freeway through Golden Gate Park and other causes. She toured Scandinavia, England and Japan. A film biography, Love It Like a Fool, was made a few years before she died in 1978. Ellen Stekert is writing a biography and would like information about Malvina's pre-1945 activities.

Excellent album!!

Highly Recommended!!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another fantastic one!!!!!!!
What a great post!!!!

Thank you very much for this gem.

Best wishes

1:18 PM  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Here is missing tracks
03 Little Boxes
09 Singing Jesus

Thanks, Vlasdance

2:06 PM  
Blogger Vlasdance said...

Thanks for the missing ones Lizardson!
Time has told me kick asses eh??
C U soon..
We all look at your site everyday..
Go on..

4:44 AM  
Blogger saraaa_m said...

link dead...
is there any way the missing songs could be reposted? pleasepleaseplease! :) it is so hard to find her stuff
thanks so much for this blog

4:41 PM  
Blogger auess said...

hi, could you pleaseee re-upload the 2 missing tracks of this album? the link is dead already...:(

much thanks for this wonderful recording!

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link is working

Thank You
I have added this to my MusicBox for online listening pleasure.

10:01 AM  
Blogger max said...

hello, could you please re-upload the 2 missing tracks of this album? the link is dead already

thanks a lot!!

9:28 PM  

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