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Stickin' With the Union: Songs from Wisconsin Labor History

Larry Penn and Darryl Holter
Stickin' With the Union: Songs from Wisconsin Labor History

The history of the struggles of workers in Wisconsin is replete with examples of miserable working conditions and violence directed towards strikers, countered by the courage and determination of union workers. Larry Penn and Darryl Holter chronicle this history through songs of their own composition, as well as songs by Woody Guthrie and others.

Darryl Holter, originally from Minneapolis, first became a union organizer while a student at the University of Minnesota. He is still musically active—his most recent album is 2010’s West Bank Gone. Larry Penn, a truck driver all his working life, is Milwaukee’s most enduring folk singer-songwriter.

Thirty-four pages of liner notes provide detailed background information about each song’s history and complete song lyrics.

Track Listing

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Fifty Years Ago Larry Penn and Darryl Holter 2:37
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102
Babies in the Mill Darryl Holter 2:43
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103
Ghosts of Bay View Larry Penn 2:02
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104
Saturday Night Darryl Holter 3:34
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105
Frozen in Time Larry Penn 3:13
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106
So Long Partner Larry Penn 1:21
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107
Willie the Scab Larry Penn 2:17
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108
Which Side Are You On Darryl Holter 2:25
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109
Cowboy Days Larry Penn 4:42
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110
The Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley Larry Penn 5:06
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111
Love and the Shorter Work Week Darryl Holter 1:40
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112
Putting the Blame Darryl Holter 2:24
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113
Union Maid Larry Penn and Darryl Holter 2:45
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114
So Long It's Been Good to Know Ya Darryl Holter 3:28

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