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A Tribute to Joe Hill

with John McCutcheon

and special guest Elena Klaver

Live at the Mercury Cafe

Friday, August 26, 8pm


John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon


Elena Klaver

Elena Klaver


Joe Hill festival poster starring John McCutcheon and Ellen Klaver

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Featuring songs by Joe Hill and performances from the new Joe Hill
play by Si Kahn and multi-Grammy nominee John McCutcheon.

Celebrating the release of a new book that puts a lie to Joe's conviction
and execution by Utah nearly 100 years ago, the legacy of Joe’s
death and life survives within the ongoing global working class rebellion
as it draws upon the undying spirit of the IWW organizer,
songwriter, poet and immigrant.

In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder and later put to death
by a Salt Lake City firing squad, igniting international controversy.
After intensive investigation Denver author William Adler presents
startling new evidence that virtually seals Joe's innocence
and the guilt of another man. (Book details below)

Hill's gripping story is set against a brief but electrifying moment
in U.S. history when class warfare raged and Hill was the union's
preeminent songwriter. In death he became the unwilling but
venerated martyr, celebrated by the likes of Woody Guthrie
and Bob Dylan, and immortalized in the ballad,
“I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.”

$17.55 (includes fee) available from

Mercury Cafe located at 2199 California.


Also as part of the Joe Hill festival weekend, on Saturday,
Aug. 27, at 2727 W. 27th Ave., Denver (27 Social Centre) —
feature films and documentaries about Joe Hill,
followed by a poetry reading and ending the evening
with a singalong with local musicians.

For times/details, please see


William M. Adler, author of  The Man Who Never Died

William M. Adler, author, The Man Who Never Died

The author will be available to sign books at all events;
onsite $5 book discount to ticket holders, courtesy Left Hand Books.
Net proceeds benefit the Denver non-profit
Bread and Roses Workers' Cultural Center,
sponsor along with the Denver-Boulder
Industrial Workers of the World.

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From the press release:

Press release – Joe Hill festival featuring John McCutcheon

Original announcement: July 14, 2011

For further info or to arrange interviews, contact Lowell May,, 303-955-7169

In what will be a rousing regeneration of the legacy of defiant union icon Joe Hill, Denver area organizations present a Joe Hill festival the weekend of August 26.

Headliner for the events will be John McCutcheon, Grammy nominated and Front Range favorite singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, featuring not only songs written by Hill, but selections from the new Joe Hill tribute play written by Si Kahn. Joining McCutcheon on stage at Denver’s Mercury Café at 8:00 Friday evening, August 26, will be local folk artist Elena Klaver. The Mercury Café is located at 2199 California St. in Denver.

Festivities Saturday, August 27, will include the showing of two feature films about Joe Hill, two documentaries, a poetry reading, capped off by a singalong of Joe Hill and related songs led by a number of local musicians. Saturday’s events will take place admission free at the 27 Social Centre, 2727 West 27th Ave. in Denver.

According to organizer Lowell May, the festival was inspired by the upcoming release of a new Hill biography by Denver author William M. Adler, which provides startling new evidence that Hill was wrongfully convicted and executed by the state of Utah in 1914-1915. Despite widespread public outrage, as demonstrated by tens of thousands of letters and interventions by both the Swedish government and the U.S. President, Hill was charged with murder in Salt Lake City and then executed essentially based on official hostility to his work organizing and songwriting for the Industrial Workers of the World union.

The new book, The Man Who Never Died published by Bloomsbury USA, will provide convincing new evidence that another man was guilty of the crime, and may provide the basis for an international campaign to secure Joe’s formal legal exoneration before the centennial anniversary of his execution. The author will be available to sign copies throughout the festival. The colorful legacy of Joe Hill as the humble Swedish immigrant laborer whose spirit overcame his circumstances is honored by artists from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan and was immortalized in the famous ballad popularized by Joan Baez, I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.


Reviving The Strike

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Monday, August 22, 7:00 pm

Left Hand Books 1200 Pearl Street #10 Boulder, CO

Come join Labor Negotiator/Attorney Joe Burns
in a discussion of his new book,
Reviving the Strike.

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Books available for purchase and signing.

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“An effective and provocative historical approach to a complex problem: How do working Americans and their unions reverse the decline in living standards and employment security in the global economy?”
Larry Cohen, International President of the Communication Workers of America

“Joe Burns' new book explains why this traditional tool of worker struggle is still relevant and how it can be used effectively in the 21st century. Reviving The Strike deserves a wide labor audience”
Steve Early, Labor Journalist and Author of The Civil Wars in US Labor.

"Joe Burns goes for the jugular! By focusing on the strike, he raises the main question for a revived labor movement. Strikes may not solve all of the labor movement's problems, but without the strike weapon the hope of labor power is a delusion."
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center.

“Joe Burns shows us how badly employers needed to outlaw solidarity—and the drastic consequences for workers. This book will prompt some major rethinking.”
Jane Slaughter, founder of Labor Notes Magazine and editor of Troublemakers Handbook II.

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