JOURNEYMAN
An Autobiography

EWAN MacCOLL
512pp 41 ILLUS 2010 LIST PRICE: £19.95 (P) B832

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Ewan MacColl (1915-89) is primarily known for his songs of populist appeal. 'Sweet Thames, Flow Softly' and 'Dirty Old Town' have developed lives of their own, but his most famous song is in another league altogether: 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' touchingly recalls MacColl's first meeting with Peggy Seeger. In his vivid and entertaining autobiography, the singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and broadcaster describes his working class Salford childhood, traces the founding and life of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, one of Britain's most innovative theatre companies, and then moves on to document his struggle to secure the integrity of the UK folksong revival.
It is and will remain an important cultural and historical document. FOLK MUSIC JOURNAL