Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life in Song

Ronnie Gilbert (Author) Holly Near (Foreword by)

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
October 02, 2015
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Ronnie Gilbert was a founding member of the Weavers, along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman. She became a performer and an activist on behalf of social change in the late 1940s. Her credits include the book and stage presentation Face to Face with the Most Dangerous Woman in America, detailing the life and work of Mother Jones; Legacy, a play based on the writings of Studs Terkel; and many recordings with the Weavers, Holly Near, and others.


"Readers of Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life in Song will finish the book inspired, reinvigorated, and more committed than ever to continue the fight for justice."--Randy Shaw"Beyond Chron" (10/09/2015)
"This posthumously published memoir offers an exceptional narrative about the life of a courageous and radical woman."--Irene Javors"The Gay & Lesbian Review" (08/01/2016)
"Gilbert's Radical Life in Song is an honest self-examination after a long career of enthusiastic pursuits, free of defensiveness and open to change."--Eric A. Gordon"People's World" (09/06/2016)
"Activism is just one of the threads winding through this title, along with music, theater, performance, politics, and the challenges of building a life outside of the 20th-century mainstream. . . . Yet it's the music that shines the brightest in this memoir; Gilbert's time with the Weavers and her creative partnership with Holly Near bookend a life no less remarkable for being remarkably nonlinear."

-- (12/02/2015)
"Gilbert's memoir brings to life the frightening political climate of the times. . . . We are fortunate that Gilbert took the time to document her singular experiences as a committed activist and singer whose soaring contralto and "dangerous songs" both accompanied and animated the progressive movements of her time."-- (12/25/2015)
"Offers an exceptional narrative about the life of a courageous and radical woman who believed that 'songs are dangerous.'"--The Gay & Lesbian Review (04/01/2016)