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My red blood : a memoir of growing up communist, coming onto the Greenwich Village folk scene, and coming out in the feminist movement

Author: Alix Dobkin
Publisher: New York, NY : Alyson Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Alyson books ed
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Women's music legend Alix Dobkin for the first time chronicles her rise to fame as the first artist to record an openly lesbian album in 1973. Her story opens much earlier in postwar New York City, where, growing up in a Communist family, she watches Jackie Robinson steal home, rubs elbows with radical Left celebrities like Paul Robeson, and comes of age under the watchful eye of the FBI. Dobkin herself joins the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Alix Dobkin; Alix Dobkin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alix Dobkin
ISBN: 9781593501075 1593501072
OCLC Number: 423597901
Description: x, 275 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part One --
1934-1952 --
Red diaper on a white horse --
Part Two --
1952-1954 --
Philly --
Part Three --
1954-1956 --
Flat Kansas --
Part Four --
1956-1962 --
Driving my red blood --
Part Five --
1962-1965 --
The folk biz --
Part Six --
1965-1971 --
Marriage --
Part Seven --
1971-1972 --
and beyond.
Responsibility: Alix Dobkin.

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Women's music legend Alix Dobkin for the first time chronicles her rise to fame as the first artist to record an openly lesbian album in 1973. Her story opens much earlier in postwar New York City, where, growing up in a Communist family, she watches Jackie Robinson steal home, rubs elbows with radical Left celebrities like Paul Robeson, and comes of age under the watchful eye of the FBI. Dobkin herself joins the party at the height of the McCarthy witch hunts and offers readers a firsthand glimpse of daily life as a young person living under government surveillance. During this time she also matures as a devotee of folk music, having fallen under the spell of renowned performers such as Lead Belly and Pete Seeger. Yet it is after she arrives on the burgeoning folk music scene of Greenwich Village, where she meets the up-and-coming Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby, John Sebastian, Buffy Ste. Marie, and Flip Wilson, among many other rising luminaries, that she achieves her first acclaim as a singer-songwriter. Her music takes on overt feminist dimensions when she joins a women's consciousness-raising group and comes out as a lesbian. From publisher description.

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