Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's So Easy That Even A Communist Could Figure It Out - Marc Blitzstein - The Cradle Will Rock - The Freedom of the Press

Update:  Um.  No, dearie.  There's nothing "McCarthyite" about saying Marc Blitzstein was a Communist, he was very publicly a member of the Communist Party from the 1930s.  He was a true believer who, among other things, liked to browbeat other composers who he held were not sufficiently Stalinist era socialist realist enough.   Try reading  Mark the Music, Eric Gordon's fine but disillusioning biography of him.   He was a real jerk.

1 comment:

  1. Hell, I don't know much about modern composers, and I knew Blitzstein was a card-carrying Commie.

    I still like the recording of "The Airborne Symphony" I have, with Orson Welles narrating. It has its clunky moments, but over all, it works; especially the litany of the cities. "Call the the the names....."