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Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems of Wolf Biermann

Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems of Wolf Biermann

Poems by 20th-century German poet Wolf Biermann are preformed in English by the British-born American singer and playwright Eric Bentley. Biermann, born in Hamburg and a member of the Communist party, sympathized with East Germany, and moved there in 1953. Outspoken and occasionally critical of the Communist government, Biermann was in turn heavily criticized in the official Communist newspaper Neues Deutschland, which described his poetry as “anarchistic” and “politically perverse,” despite Biermann considering himself a “good” Communist being ruled by “bad Communists.” The liner notes of this 1968 album include a description of Biermann’s life, selected English texts, original German song and poem text, and news clippings.

Track Listing

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The Song of the Worst Thing Eric Bentley 1:09
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102
Ballad of the Poet François Villon Eric Bentley 4:56
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103
Ballad of the Letter Carrier William L. Moore Eric Bentley 5:09
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104
The Barlach Song Eric Bentley 2:01
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105
Nothing to It Eric Bentley 2:03
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106
Comrade Julián Grimau Eric Bentley 2:12
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107
Ballad of the Man Eric Bentley 2:44
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108
Legend of the Soldier in World War III Eric Bentley 2:20
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201
Ballad of Fredi Rohsmeisel Eric Bentley 3:49
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202
Do Not Wait for Better Times Eric Bentley 3:21
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203
Early Morning Eric Bentley 0:35
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204
The Singers Inagural Address Eric Bentley 1:33
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205
Toys Eric Bentley 0:47
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206
To The Old Comrade Eric Bentley 3:12
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207
Reckless Abuse Eric Bentley 2:53
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208
Germany: A Winter's Tale Eric Bentley 3:04
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209
December 1965, Question & Answer... Eric Bentley 1:59
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210
Soldatenmelodie Eric Bentley 1:26

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