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People's Cabaret


People's Cabaret, a witty and loving musical history lesson, celebrates 20th-century leftist culture through its inspiring, zesty, and often humorous legacy of song. The usual suspects — Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The People's Songbook, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" — make well-deserved appearances, alongside some rather more unexpected offerings: the classically-informed anti-Fascist musings of Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler ("Easter Sunday 1935"); a salty ragtime tribute to the Russian revolution from The Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 (Irving Berlin's "That Revolutionary Rag"/"Look Out For The Bolsheviki Man"); Dave Frishberg satirizing yuppie culture in jazz ("Quality Time"); and a sock-in-the-gut antiwar folk-song medley ("The Cruel War"/"Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier"/"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again"/"Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye").

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