This new edition of Journeyman, Ewan MacColl's vivid and entertaining autobiography, has been re-edited from the original manuscript, and includes a new introduction by Peggy Seeger, for whom he wrote the unforgettable 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.
MacColl, a singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and broadcaster, begins this fascinating account with his working class Salford childhood, traces the founding and life of Theatre Workshop, one of Britain's most innovative theatre companies, then moves on to his work with folksingers, the Radio Ballads and his ascent into old age.
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger were among the main leaders of the UK folksong revival. Journeyman documents their struggle to secure the integrity of that revival as the popular media appropriated and re-created traditional music for commercial gain.
An entertaining and thought-provoking slice of British history, it will appeal to those interested in the histories of folk music, theatre, radio, left-wing politics and the Manchester area. -- .
Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) was a singer, songwriter, radio broadcaster and documentary-maker, actor and playwright -- .
List of illustrations Introduction by Peggy Seeger Acknowledgement Part One 1. Early days and Hogmanay 2. One in three million 3. Front doors and back entries 4. Unnatural habitat 5. Lodgers and friends 6. The gang 7. The tangenital mind 8. Happy days? 9. Mother, Meg and May 10. Limbo 11. On the broo 12. Big city, big Geordie 13. Politics, prurience and fresh air 14. New comrades 15. Agitprop 16. Theatre of action 17. Living in London and dreaming of Moscow 18. Megaphones to microphones Part Two 19. Theatre Workshop 20. On the road 21. Enter Alan Lomax 22. Into the Folk revival 23. Radio ballads 24. singing and song-writing 25. The joy of living 26. Time steals on and steals Epilogue Footnotes Index -- .