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zozimus Songs from the 84-85 miners strike (33) RE: Songs from the 84-85 miners strike 01 Dec 09


Hi Lucy,
The song Ewan MacColl wrote for the strike which became more or less the anthem for the strikers was "On the Picket Line". He also wrote "Holy Joe from Scabsville", about a blackleg miner from Kent who enjoyed a lot of TV coverage for his stance. "Daddy, what did you do in the Strike", along with the above two were written in 1984.
In 1986 he wrote his classic "My Old Man", along with two other songs, "Looking for a Job" and "Public Unpublic", the second song gives mention to Scargill and the Strike.
All these songs are in the book "The Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook"-sixty years of songmaking, which you might find in a library. If not ,PM me your address and I'll send you copies.
Best of luck with your project.
                                        zozimus


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