Rob Rosenthal discussed the making of Seattle 1919 and played two songs in this presentation commemorating the 90th anniversary of the General Strike at the Seattle Labor Temple, February 7, 2009.
|The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal firstname.lastname@example.org).|
Seattle 1919 grew out of research that Rob Rosenthal had undertaken for an MA thesis in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Completed in 1980, "After the Deluge: The Seattle General Strike of 1919 and its Aftermath" explores the legacy of the great strike. Rosenthal went on to complete his PhD and currently is a Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University.
But in the early 1980s he decided to create a musical documentary of the strike. Here he tells the story of how the songs were written and the album produced:
"I began thinking about the Strike as a topic for songs almost from the moment I first read about it while in college. I was academically and politically interested in working-class struggles, and general strikes in particular, and so completely taken by the SGS as the most successful general strike in US history. It seemed to embody the (best) qualities I found in rock 'n' roll: defiance, excitement, rebellion, etc. [more]