A big voice stilled: Remembering Utah Phillips

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Last weekend, I found myself reflecting on a larger-than-life character named after one of the fifty states who was known for his trademark fedora and his courage in the face of long odds.
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john doe

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May 30, 2008
 
C'mon OM, we posted that Utah Phillips obituary on the SENTINEL's forum within 24 hours. I gotta admit that Utah had the best excuse for burning American flags, that were made in a police state, which is contrary to everything that piece of cloth stands for...
obamamama

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May 30, 2008
 
I had the opportunity to see Utah once in Utah of all places and it is a memory that I will never forget.

His stories and life experiences were wound beautifully in his songs. The gift to move audiences with an acoustic guitar and words is something really special. Utah was a master.
Anonymous Deadhead

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May 30, 2008
 
During a 1974 performance by the Grateful Dead at the Cow Palace, I saw Mr. Phillips, who was backstage without the requisite laminate, be told to leave there by a staffer. Although some in his position might have asked, "Don't you know who I am?" he merely smiled, nodded, and ambled out to the public part of the hall. As great a man as he was, he was also modest; I believe that, in fact, his greatness was enhanced by his modesty.
Stormy

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May 30, 2008
 
What a man, his influence far exceeds any politician or modern musician, a real folk hero.
Joan

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Jun 1, 2008
 
I just got back from the Memorial for Utah in Nevada City. It was a beautiful day at the ball park. All
of Utah's children spoke well, let us hope one of them will follow in their father's footsteps and becomes a storyteller.
rita

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Jun 1, 2008
 
We have lost a great historian. he sang and educated us about thehistory we won't read in school books, or the front page. he let us know folk have been fighting for freedom and, sometimes, victoriously.
Almost makes one want to beleive in heaven. Can ou see Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill welcoming Utah to that big concert in the sky?
Jimmy Kelly

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Jun 3, 2008
 
Utah Philps was a treasure and indeed I watched the rocket Wallace blaine talked about shoot to the heavens last Sunday in Neveda City as about 700 friends and dare I say admirers gathered in an amazing tribute to a remarkable saga of American history. The tributes from the Wobblies, the railroad tramps, his poetry, the family, fellow workers and most of all his humorous wisdom puts him in the archives with Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie and the likes. He taught us to laugh and never to despise the unfortunate among us without a home or food. He preached and practiced a love for one another that was amazing.He fed the poor and kept legends alived like Joe Hill the Man Who Never Died.

The highlight of any year, no matter how difficult was made lighter brighter and more hopeful after hearing a Utah rant. He once said "Do you know what the most radical idea in America today is?...A Long memory

His radio programs, recording and love for people will long be remembered by this radical. Maybe you could have used a Chinese flag to light the American flag...with matches from Walmart!

Good luck to you and Joe Hill organizing Angels Local 23!

Solidarity Forever...and One Day longer... for the O.B.U!
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Jun 6, 2008
 
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