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Ear to the Ground: A Centenary Tribute to Malvina Reynolds

Folkways Records, founded by Moses Asch in 1948 and acquired by the Smithsonian in 1987, published more songs about current events than any other record label in the world. Even though their ideas might be radical, their songs angry, and their music quite different from the popular music of the day, Asch thought the artists on Folkways should have something to say—and they did, from Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Pete Seeger in the 1940s to Pete LaFarge, Bernice Johnson Reagan, Malvina Reynolds, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl, and the Broadside recordings in the 1960s, to Barry O'Brien, Toshi Reagan, and Larry Long today.

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