Music on Mondays (6-22-15)—Communist music from the Red Scare era….

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

On this date in 1950, Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television was issued. It was compiled by the rightwing journal Counterattack, self-described as the “newsletter of facts to combat Communism.”

Gotta love those rightwing nuts. NOT! They have been creating mass hysteria for decades, and they just go on and on….

Obama is coming for your guns….

Obama is a Socialist….

Obama was born in Kenya….

Obama is invading Texas….

Obama is a Muslim….

….smh….

The Red Scare of the ’40s and ’50s ended the careers of many professionals in Hollywood, obviously a bastion of Communism then and now….

Many in the music industry also were targeted by Red Channels—Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw, Larry Adler, Burl Ives—all named as suspected Communist sympathizers.

Why were they suspected of being Communist sympathizers? Evidence included Lena Horne’s name on the letterhead of a South African famine relief program, Aaron Copland’s 1949 appearance at a Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace, and Leonard Bernstein’s affiliation with the Committee to Re-Elect Benjamin J. Davis, a black, socialist New York City councilman, Artie Shaw was a member of the World Peace Council…..

….smh…….again

For today’s Music on Mondays, I thought we should enjoy a few pieces of Communist music from these folks.

“Sonata for Clarinet and Piano,” Leonard Bernstein, 1942
(His first published work. Definitely sounds Communistic.)

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“Fanfare for the Common Man,” Aaron Copland, 1942
(1942 obviously was the Year of Communism in Music)

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“Stormy Weather,” Lena Horne, 1943

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“Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”, Pete Seeger, 1955

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“Concert for Clarinet,” Artie Shaw, 1941

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“Genevieve Waltz,” Larry Adler, 1953

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“The Wayfaring Stranger,” Burl Ives, 1944

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I’m pretty sure I’m a Communist since I love all this music………..smh one more time.

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4 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (6-22-15)—Communist music from the Red Scare era….

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      It was tough getting Zoey the Cool Cat to approve today’s post. She wanted at least one cat song in there. I tried to explain to her but she wasn’t having any of it. She’s still sulking on the bed albeit listening to “Stray Cat Strut.”

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