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Published on Jun 13, 2011
Joe Hill's song 'The Preacher and the Slave' (tune by J.P. Webster) played by Harry K McClintock with a brief interview by Sam Eskin.
Recorded Feb. 3 1951 in San Pedro California. Originally released 1972, fro Haywire Mac, (Folkways FD 5272)
Known as ''Pie in the Sky'' and ''Long-Haired Preacher Song'' this was the first of 25 of Joe Hill's songs and poems to appear between 1911 and 1916 in the I.W.W.'s Little Red Songbook (I.W.W. -Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent). Joe Hill popularized the expression ''pie in the sky''.
Haywire Mac McClintock (1882-1957) worked and travelled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, The Pacific, and North America. He told stories of his association with Joe Hill: they organized in Portland, OR, in 1910; lived in a batch in Hilo, Hawaii, during the winter of 1910/11; the met again in Utah where McClintock worked and eventually married before he moved on. McClintock fought actively in the 1913 strike in Tucker, Utah, after whic workers claimed in a Solidarity (I.W.W. newspaper) editorial that Utah Wobblies were being jailed on flimsy charges-two weeks before Joe Hill was arrested on January 13, 1914. Until he became a radio personality in San Francisco Haywire wrote stories for magazines.