Lost Classics Of Right Wing Folk Music

CONELRAD keeps alive the memory of one of the strangest of pop music subgenres–conservatism-themed folk music acts of the 1960s who were promoted in an unsuccessful attempt to counter the Bob Dylans and Peter Paul & Marys of the scene. Perhaps most fascinating is Janet Greene, a former children’s television personality in Ohio who was discovered by the right wing organization Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, which had Greene record a series of propagandistic songs and put her in the spotlight as the “anti-Joan Baez”.  The most entertaining work in her catalogue is “Poor Left Winger”, a tale of woe concerning a naive girl seduced by a communist beatnik “bearded singer” mocked for his “espresso”, “demonstrations”, and dirty shirt:

18 Comments on "Lost Classics Of Right Wing Folk Music"

  1. Drinky McGee | Jul 19, 2012 at 11:42 am |

    Paging Bob Roberts.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jul 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

    Classics is a bit a stretch, don’t you think?

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jul 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

      Real music, like any type of authentic art, comes from an intensely personal space where social proprieties carry only a peripheral importance–when they aren’t downright antithetical to the enterprise.

      This is why there are no funny conservative comedians.

  3. “You’re not making Christianity better, you’re making Rock Music worse” Hank Hill

  4. Sounds like the least hip, overly christian girl that got made fun of in public school is venting her frustrations for never being asked to hang out with the cool kids and party.  At least she had a good voice in that sterile, formal, upright, pasty white bread, 1950’s sound, way.  Awesomely bad.  Thanks Disinfo.com!

  5. Maybe someday conservatives will produce a brand of pop culture that the left feels the need to mimic. Maybe. 

  6. chinagreenelvis | Jul 20, 2012 at 5:03 am |

    I stopped listening when she pronounced it “Expresso.”

  7. Having not read the blurb before playing the song, I thought it started with; “I’m just a whore left winger”.
    I love 1950’s American music.. Or perhaps I’ve played Fallout too much. Mmh.

  8. DeepCough | Jul 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    Remember that poorly conceived comedy show on Fox News called the
    1/2 Hour News Hour Show?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCl_–E3T2c

  9.  Hmmmm. “Poor Left-Winger” actually sounds a lot like Dylan’s own “Like A Rolling Stone”!

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