RIP: Pete Seeger

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist whose music and straight talk inspired generations of musicians and activists, has died. He was 94. Known for songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, Seeger–who joined the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1936 and the Communist Party USA in 1942, eventually drifting away from them in the early 1950s–performed for troops in the South Pacific during World War II. He was convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Keith Stroup, It’s NORML to Smoke Pot: The 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 1:59 pm

This book tells three stories at the same time: the life of Keith Stroup (founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), the story of NORML’s history, and the story of the last 45 years of marijuana policy. As you soon discover, the three stories are at times inseparable.

And the stories! This is a book full of anecdotes.

Late, Late Night FDL: Back to The Start

By: Friday February 17, 2012 10:00 pm

Back to the Start

Coldplay’s haunting classic ‘The Scientist’ is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, “Back to the Start.”

State of the Occupation: Sunday Night Roundup (Updated for Maine Bombing)

By: Monday October 24, 2011 6:15 am

  Chemical bomb thrown into OccupyMaine camp early Sunday a.m. Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion in Lincoln Park at Congress and Pearl streets. Though no one was injured, McGary said the homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious [...]

Late Night: Willie Nelson, the Border Patrol and the Teapot Party

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 8:00 pm

Nelson said in an email to

There’s the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left. Tax it, regulate it and legalize it. And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved.

Late, Late Night FDL: Hesitation Blues

By: Monday November 29, 2010 10:00 pm

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel – Hesitation Blues, Cooder Graw – Llano Estacado

Waiting for a Train: Progressives and Country Music

By: Sunday July 27, 2008 10:00 am

There are important values and a profound combination of hope, community spirt, and wariness of authority in country music. Progressives should start singing and dancing to the tune.

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