"Yes, the long memory is the most radical idea in this country. It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of that connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we're going, but where we want to go."
Bruce "Utah" Phillips 1935 - 2008
UTAH'S FLANGER CAR HAS ARRIVED
On October 7, 2017 the Utah Phillips flanger car arrived in California and was lowered on to the tracks at it's new home.
A week earlier in Northferrisburg, Vermont the car was loaded by crane onto two semi-trailer trucks. One truck for the wheel assemblies another for the car. All in all it went well and on a sunny California morning a small crowd gathered at Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture (BBCRC) to witness the beginning of a new era... Read more.
The Long Memory is a registered 501c3 / non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the works of
Bruce "Utah" Phillips.
Loafer's Glory was originally broadcast from KVMR in Nevada City, Ca. These broadcasts are a collage of rants, poetry, tales, and reminiscences mixed in with little known music and talk from over 1,000 tapes of everything under the sun, from tramping and labor (historic and contemporary ) to baseball and old friends... from unreleased Lord Buckley to animals, children, tall tales, Paul Robeson, and most of what you need to know about life on the open road... and always music.
Brother, have you seen starlight on the rails? To me it’s amazing how an eight-word line from the book Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe weaves its way through so much of my father’s work. There is the song itself, Starlight on the Rails, and the song’s introduction, also from Thomas Wolfe. And there is the four-CD box set, Starlight on the Rails, my father’s oral version of an autobiography, produced and released by AK Press. But the piece of my father’s work that is closest to my heart, is the little brown ninety-six page songbook entitled Starlight on the Rails and Other Songs, originally published by Wooden Shoe in 1973. Read more....