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Sad news: Utah Phillips passed away on May 23, 2008

Bruce U. Utah Phillips

From an e-mail sent around:

In a matter of a few minutes Anne Feeney phoned me from an airport in Houston. Al Grierson’s “Lonely Deadhead Box-Car” was playing on Random on my iPod. After our conversation, I went to check my email. Jim Page was singing “Anna Mae.” I had an email from Jim. I have pasted it below. As I read it Utah sang “All Used Up.” As I responded to Jim’s Email Arlo Guthrie sang “Hobo’s Lullaby.”

> In the night of May 23, 2008, Bruce Duncan Phillips died in great peace, asleep in his bed in Nevada City, California, with his wife Joanna by his side.
>
> Amazingly, at the very same instant that the scholar Bruce Phillips
> finally discovered his angle of repose, U. Utah Phillips flagged a westbound freight train. Yes, a mighty fast rattler, on a long west-bound track. He needed no ticket, he was welcomed on board.
>
> The immediate family and neighbors of Bruce Phillips, along with any Wobblies who happen to be passing through, are gathering in Nevada City to do all the things that must be done. Please give them the quiet respect they so need right now.
>
> But you can wave “So Long!” to Utah when that train moves west. Hey, hear the whistle? He’s passing by right now!

Bio from Wikipedia:

Bruce “Utah” Phillips (born May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, died May 23, 2008[1]) was a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet and self-described “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”. He described the struggles of labor unions and the power of direct action. He often promoted the Industrial Workers of the World in his music, actions, and words.

Also see: Help Utah Phillips

3 Responses

  1. legitimate news media say he has died. another champion for the great unwashed has died with no one to take his place.

  2. […] from the Greyhound station. I called back, and soon thereafter heard the news from Brendan that his father had died the night before in his sleep, when his heart stopped […]

  3. Unfortunately,I only just found out today of Bruce’s passing on may 28th,2008.
    My deepest sympathies go out to his relatives.
    When i was still living and recording in Canada I met Bruce in Toronto.
    I remember a time when we drove to Saratoga Springs from Toronto or perhaps Montreal my mind is a little fuzzy on that one.Bruce was playing an upcoming gig at Lenas.All the way there he kept expounding on the fact that I was going to stay in his mansion……..We arrived and sure enough it was …a 100 yrs prior.
    We met many times and he helped me get a leg up at a small folk club in the Haight in SanFrancisco.
    Bruce will be in my thoughts.
    God Bless him,
    Christopher

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