High Points of a Strange Career
OK, you asked. These are the high points of whatever it is I’ve been doing.
If your town isn’t listed here, consider it one of the sober points.
Rally for mom’s
illegal social workers’ strike
Touring the open mikes of the San Francisco Bay Area in a yellow Citroen
University of Washington, Seattle – named unindicted co-conspirator for singing about the “Guatemala sweepstakes” at a rally prior to the “escorting “of a recruiter from the United Fruit Company off the campus
Country Joe McDonald records Lippman sea shanty “Old Joe Corey”
6 months hitch-hiking: Writing 15 songs without a guitar and having them not turn out all the same
Reagan for Shah Campaign – debut of George Shrub
Belgrade youth center, between concert videos of Lynrd Skynrd and Rolling Stones
Zitty Fest – a big bash in a big tent. Huge crowd wondering who we were and why
London – MC of Nicaragua benefit on a boat on the Thames (complimented on my “pretty good” American accent)
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – bilingual George Shrub show
My host in a town somewhere in England playing me a 78rpm record of his Hawaiian band, to show how my guitar strumming was similar to his ukulele style, circa 1930.
San Francisco – debut of George Stump, with Judi Bari et al
Seattle – my pediatrician came to the show
Malibu – Pepperdine College Convocation – got away with it
Berkeley (Ashkenaz) – Bye to the Bay – off to grad school for unknown reasons
Ft. Benning, Georgia – “School” of the “Americas”
Washington – Emceeing Pete Seeger’s 80th birthday benefit concert
Houston – Art Car Museum concert
Kingston, New York – Go Catskills!
Berkeley (La Peña), Eugene – Cafe Paradiso,
Chapel Hill (Skylight Exchange), with Prince
Wheels of Justice bus tour – eyewitnesses to Iraq and Palestine occupations.
Collateral Damage van tour – Mexican maquila organizer, Black Voices for Peace, Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice – and Shrub
Touring Palestine and Israel with Middle East Children’s Alliance. No comedy, just learning a few things
G. Shrub Oh-No-Gurated at the Blue Dot Ball in Durham, NC – ( blue dot in a red state)
Return to Wheels of Justice as a speaker – well, a singer with pictures, and slightly more knowledge
Travel in Venezuela, learn that the streams are finding the river
Detroit – 3 days, 3 events: Palestine, Venezuela, Shrub and Lipp concert. The right way to tour. Fascinating immigrant scene a bonus
Emceeing at 4th annual anti-war demo at Ft. Bragg, NC, with Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, Col. Ann Wright, Holly Near
Northern California tour brings together long-lost high school friends, activists of all ages, and several brothers, making for meetings of minds and a rolling series of serious, but fun, parties. New character Wild Bill Bailout not invited to parties. Palestine finally admitted to the general anti-war consensus.
“Off-off-Broadway tour” of street singing – Palestine parodies – ’round New York with enthusiastic nearly-on-key gang.
NYC concert with Jim Page and Bev Grant – together again for the first time!
In the streets of NYC for Palestine. Lots of parody singalongs and theatrical collaborations.
In Zuccotti Park to Occupy Wall Street.
Paloma in Seattle; caregivers on strike in New Jersey; sitting in with Albert Marquès Trio, NYC
House of Culture, Havana, with youth chorus; Fight for 15 rally, New Brunswick; 50th anniversary of doing music for justice, with band, Brooklyn Commons.
Bernie Sanders rallies; concert with Bill Meyer’s band in Detroit